Archive for March, 2014
Surprisingly there isn’t much open in the way of camping facilities before the May long weekend so calling ahead, making reservation, or even planning on where you are going to sleep in a given night is difficult. I want to do this trip on the cheap so renting hotels is out for sure (unless I’m soaked or frozen), and even paying to stay at a camp ground is more than I really want to be paying. So what does that leave me? Not much. Basically, I’m on the hunt, with the help of Google Maps, for dead end roads, forest roads, BLM land, and small clearing where I may be able to pull off the road enough to setup my tent and go unnoticed. I don’t need much, no roaring camp fire, no access to a lake. Just enough clear flat land to be able to setup my tent and sleep for the night.
I have read of other motorcycle travelers take this approach with great success and in order to share in their success I am doing everything I can to plan ahead. All the potential points I find online are getting mapped and programmed into my GPS, that way I can just search for the nearest pre-scouted campsite and head there to check it out. In order to keep my probably of remaining undiscovered high I’ll probably have to pre-scout a site then return after dinner as the sun is setting to setup my tent and sleep for the night. Once it’s dark I’m all but invisible. Then in the morning get up with the sun, pack, and hit the road!
While I always have the backup plan of sleeping in a motel I’ve been looking at www.airbnb.com for interesting places in small towns where I could rent a bed for the night. Either way I have lots of redundancy for my sleeping needs.
And if the weather is nice I can always cowboy camp under the stars!
The gears are turning in my head as plans are made and vacation is booked. Georgia may seem like a long way to go and a strange destination for travel but it’s not necessarily about the destination and more about the journey.
Along my route I have several things to look forward to including The Blue Ride Parkway, The Snake, and The Tail of the Dragon. There will also be many interesting lands to travel through with their own sights and sounds and I’ll also need to find somewhere to camp every night in order to do this trip on a budget.
While this isn’t an around the world trip this will be the farthest I’ve been from home on my motorcycle so there is some excitement and some nerves. I’m doing my best to load my GPS full of interesting waypoints, quiet roads, campgrounds that are open early in the season and anything else that my be of interest or aid along my route.
In a way the rain outside today is good as it’s the first real signs of spring that we’ve had after this winter of polar vortexes and weeks of bone chilling cold. I need the snow to melt and the temperatures to warm if I have any chance of pulling off this trip. It may be warm down south but if there’s still Ice on the roads here the trip will be a no-go.
In addition to the usual planning and research I need to get some general maintenance done on my motorcycle. It needs some new tires to be installed and balanced as well as an oil change and a general once over after a long winter of snoozing in a heated garage. I tested it out the other day and the bike started fine and seems as eager as I am to get out there and explore the world around us.
Wish me luck!
A strange Russian motorcycle that floats, and breaks down to fit in your car. Looks like fun !