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Offline SaemiVald

Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2018, 07:50:19 am »
It looks like I'm the odd man out; But I love credit card touring. I like eating out and sleeping in clean sheets after a hot shower. Also I like to ride with very little weight. I can cover about 80 to 100 miles and the difference in the cost of ($100/day) can be made up with longer rides in fewer days. I don't feel like I'm going too fast with my head down but I also don't feel like I'm plodding along. For me it's the only way to go.
You are not alone :) I plan on riding TransAmerica this summer with my wife and we plan on staying at hotels and eating at restaurants. We realize this will probably be more expensive than camping and cooking food but on the other hand we will travel much lighter and therefore cover more ground. Fewer days -> less cost.
We have thought about bringing a tent and sleeping bags for the first part of the trip and when the heat becomes misearable to send the camping stuff off to a friend on the east coast. This might be a best-of-both-worlds approach.

Offline fcoulter

Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2018, 09:19:31 am »
Is it even possible to ride the entire Southern Tier without camping?  I would have thought that there would be stretches out west (once you get away from the Pacific Ocean) that are just empty.

Offline aggie

Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2018, 10:05:09 am »
Is it even possible to ride the entire Southern Tier without camping?  I would have thought that there would be stretches out west (once you get away from the Pacific Ocean) that are just empty.
It is possible.  Just be prepared for some long days in a few places.  It may also require some rerouting to insure there is a motel /hotel available.  I went off the route and rode from Del Rio, TX to San Antonio along Hwy 90.  I rejoined the route in Bastrop, TX.
« Last Edit: March 22, 2018, 10:32:17 am by aggie »

Offline zzzz

Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2018, 11:47:58 am »
If you are willing/able to do some long days (and remember you may be facing a head wind all day) it's been my experience you can tour in the US w/o camping. Conversely, there are some days you will look at the map and do a much shorter day then you like because theres a hotel at 35-40 miles and then the next one is another 90 miles.

I've never done the ST but my first 3 tours were the WE and picked up the TransAM in Co and on to Va., Great Parks North & South bridged by the TransAm route between and the Sierra Cascades route. For those 100± days on the road I camped a total of 1 night when a storm blew in when I was going over a pass. But there is 3 or 4 days mixed in to those trips where I really felt I was in trouble, still out 30 - 40 miles from the next town and I was already completely beat. And I made it   1.....pedal.....stroke.....at.....a..... time.

For those first 3 trips I just carried an emergency bivy. Now I carry the lightest tent & sleeping bag I could find. I still rarely use them but the weight penalty has been worth the peace of mind.

Also, someone else mentioned a budget of a $100 a day and I believe them but I've never been able to do that on any of my trips, I'm probably at 150. The caveat is I consider these trips as a treat and if I go into a town and there's a nice restaurant & a Subway, I eat at the nice restaurant. Or there's 2 hotels and 1 looks pretty frayed, I'll stay at the nicer one.

One last thing, do some homework about whats going on ahead where you plan to stop. At the end of a 100+ mile day I pulled into Brea Ky on the Friday night start of the Brea Bread Spoon Festival(?). Every room in town was booked. I finally found a room in one of the worst places I ever stayed in.

Pete

Offline Pat Lamb

Zombie thread, was Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2018, 11:49:20 am »
Am I the only one who noticed this is an 11 year old thread that was revived by a 1-post new user with a username that matches the web site (s)he's pushing?

It would be nice if the moderators could take care of us and filter out all this kind of stuff.  But realistically, it's incumbent on us all to pay a little bit of attention.

Anybody want to bet this is yet another post linking a cute but empty site thrown up by "hobo with a bike?"

Offline John Nelson

Re: Zombie thread, was Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2018, 12:42:46 pm »
Am I the only one who noticed this is an 11 year old thread that was revived by a 1-post new user with a username that matches the web site (s)he's pushing?
It's an interesting discussion anyway. I did report that spam post to the moderator yesterday, but (so far) they have left it there.

Offline PNWRider92

Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2018, 06:47:49 pm »
In my opinion, camping is a HUGE part of what makes the bike touring experience special. I believe that it really connects you with the land that you are riding through, and it FULLY ENGULFS you in the bike touring experience. Plus, camping is makes the bike tour more difficult, which helps you grow through those difficult situations.

+1 - Couldn't have said it any better myself.
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Offline hikerjer

Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2018, 11:21:29 pm »
I always go the camping route. That  doesn't mean that I don't use hotels/motels/hostels on occasion when it's appropriate which is usually weather related or when I just want to get cleaned up.  And then there is stealth camping which can be pretty enjoyable and convenient once you get used to it. And don't forget the opportunity presented by Warm Shower hosts. The hotel/motel route can get pretty expensive if you're on a multi-week trip. Besides, I like meeting people in campgrounds and cooking-my own meals.  And then there is the snob appeal. I feel infinitely superior, rightfully or not, to the hotel/motel crowd. Kind of a rugged  individual type thing - at least in my own twisted mind. But that's just me.    Bottom line is to do whatever you can afford and what appeals to you the most. We're all different. :)
« Last Edit: April 08, 2018, 11:14:24 pm by hikerjer »

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: Hotel/motel vs camping
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2018, 10:06:54 am »
And then the is the snob  appeal. I feel infinitely superior, rightfully or not, to the hotel/motel crowd. Kind of a rugged  individual type thing - at least in my own twisted mind. But that's just me.

You're not alone in that regard.  ;D