>>A coupla quick questions from an overseas newbie.
What is "ramen"?
Ramen is an asian-style instant noodle meal which 20-somethings learn to exploit by combining with eggs, meat, vegetables. One could write a cookbook about the hearty bike-bum meals possible while dollars are saved for beer.
>>How did you wash if you stealth camped?
On my many US cycling and hitchhiking trips I bathed in creeks and lakes. This only works if you can appreciate the vitality found in cold water. If you soap up on shore and rinse off with your cooking pot before going back in for a final dunking you will not pollute. In winter, you heat a little water to shampoo and rinse your hair. This is a fantastic exhilaration. Public showers are found at swimming pools, truck stops, and for a small fee at commercial campgrounds.
>>What about Bears if you stealth camp?
In bear country, which includes the extensive woodlands of the national forests and parks, you must take measures to prevent feeding them. This is not trivial. Black bears aren’t normally dangerous but they will destroy your panniers. Hanging y0ur food from a high tree bough is the minimum step one should take, and if done correctly this may also stop raccoons and squirrels. Grizzly bears inhabit a very limited sphere around Yellowstone and Glacier Natl Parks, so don’t worry about them anywhere else. PS: zip your tent up in rainy fall weather in the eastern woods or else expect to sleep with skunks.