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Out of curiousity, how many of you pull your bag/panniers into your tent when you sleep?
This is something I plan on doing.
We are planning to ride the transam. Many of the journals indicate that people end up sending their stoves home, and eating most meals in cafes, etc. I am thinking of just my pocket rocket and a kettle to boil h2o. Or should I be prepared with something to make real dinners with? We plan on camping 2/3 of the time.We camped most of the time and generally cooked at least one meal a day. We took only one pot and still managed some fairly elaborate meals even if one part of the meal may have gotten cool while the other cooked. Sometimes we did one pot meals and sometimes we just cooked three different courses separately and hoped they didn't get too cold. When we had a fire we sometimes heated one thing in a can, cooked another in a pot, and roasted a third on sticks over the fire.
hey guys, i am going to be riding the TransAm starting this May. there are 4 riders and two drivers. the biggest question we all have is where we will sleep. i am also purchasing the maps for this rout. please any tips or hints would be amazing! thank you all for your wisdom!I missed the part about 2 drivers. I think that having a car or van involved will really limit your options some places. It will eliminate hiker/biker sites as an option for one thing and that means you will need reservations in some places. At least the car can go ahead and scope things out reserving a site early where needed though.
Don't miss the J.C. Motel (or whatever it's called these days) in Jerrfrey City, WY. Real swanky.Was that a joke?
Insect repellent spray and coils. Fold as fold may. No problem. Cold winter, mosquitoes retreat. I've tarped many many nights. Insects? Easy to defeat their purpose.Different strokes, but I don't consider sprays and coils as an adequate solution. I tend to be a bug magnet though and also would prefer to keep the amount of DEET or other repellents on my skin at a minimum.
Sorry, I read it too fast. I rode with a guy once who used a floorless tent, pyramid shaped, and put a tarp on the ground. Bugs can get in that setup. I misread the previous posts and thought they were about a tent that did not come all the way down, like my partner's. You're right. The fly need not reach the ground, as the tent provides the seal. Mea culpa.No problem... I thought maybe you misunderstood.
Not sure I follow. What does the fly have to do with bugs getting in or not? The inner tent's job is to keep the bugs out, the fly is to keep rain out. You can leave the fly off entirely and remain bug free, having a gap at the bottom of the fly in no way that I can see causes bugs to get in.
And I would agree with it. A couple of times, I've used a tent with even a small hole in it. This has led to the sleepless nights of bug hell.
The bugs will find a way in if there are any breaks in the seal. I deal with the hot, muggy problem with a tent with mest ceiling.
you need a fly that goes all the way to the ground.I would disagree with that one at least for most of the times and places I have toured. I found that for us on the Trans America and other shorter trips the bigger problem we had was lack of sufficient ventilation, not lack of coverage. Even with a tent with fairly minimal overhangs on the ends and sides that were above the ground by design we needed to use sticks to prop the sides of the fly up to allow more air to circulate under. That was a record hot summer for much of our route that year though, so in cooler wetter weather maybe I would have felt differently, but... While we did tough out a few storms, we spend MANY hot dry nights wishing for more movement of air.
One other consideration, since you mention you are new to touring. The coast route is a dream for a first tour. Seems like every SP has an HB site, they aren't that far apart, and services are relatively easy to obtain. I'm not sure that there are campgrounds/state parks in the volume and spacing you see on the coast in the inland areas. When you look at other routes, you can see how sweet the coast route is. Highly recommended for a first tour. And you won't be short of company.I agree with all that, but on the other hand... The inland route probably has more rural small town stops where finding a place to camp in a town park, church yard, or someone's yard is usually easy.
Oh, and I'd also like to recommend another discovery which has made cycling much more interesting for me: the book Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape by Brian Hayes.The problem I have with this book and field guides in general is that I am not willing to have the extra weight along. With the advent of the Kindle and other ebook readers maybe I will carry field guides at some point in the future. It would be nice to have this book, a whole array for field guides, and some novels to read. I wonder how well the illustrations would come across on a kindle though.
It lets you recognize and understand all the working man-made objects you pass by, basically.