Dead Ends and Forest Roads

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Motorcycle, Travel

Tail Of the Dragon Map

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!

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