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MomOnBike2012-04-27 03:17:26 +0000 #1
About a week ago, I suddenly decided on an overnight camping trip to a local (23 miles from my front door) state park. The stars, (weather, work, all that) seemed to be aligned.

All was well until I was called in to work for a few hours on the appointed day. How do they always know when I have other plans?

Anyway, long story short, by the time I was ready to pull out, DH was home from work and it was getting a little late to take off. I did anyway. DH rode with me for a while to our local burger joint. I passed on eating a burger with him, as I was starting to feel pressed for time, but I was glad he could join me for a while.

I really enjoyed the ride down to the park, however quickly the sun was heading toward the horizon. It was almost full dark by the time I got there, and I had the challenge of setting up a brand-new, first time out of the box tent. Hey, setting up a new tent by the light of a flashlight clenched in your teeth is fun!

Dinner was a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon, veggies, & trail mix for dessert. And tea, always tea. If it weren't for my tea, I would have left the stove at home.

I didn't need the rain fly, it was a beautiful star-lit night, so after dinner, I went to bed, enjoyed the stars for a while and slept.

Breakfast was another no-cook-except-for-tea affair. I enjoyed the campsite for a while, then headed home. All in all it was a great little trip.

Some highlights:

Except for emergency gear, I used everything I took. I was glad not to have to use my tire kit, pump, emergency blanket, etc.

The Kindle is a great companion on a bike trip.

I'm really glad tent technology has progressed since the canvas umbrella tents that fit in the trunks of most '60s-era American cars. My brand-new tent was a breeze to set up.

My sleeping bag is actually a quilt plus a silk sleep sack. This system works very well for me.

The drivers on the highway were super polite, waiting, then pulling over into the other lane to pass me.

Nebraska hills, on the other hand. . . but, hey, I can stay upright on that bike at ~2 mph.

I still love my big, heavy, slow long wheel base recumbent for travel. It just works.


Tri Girl2012-04-27 03:21:35 +0000 #2
Yay! Sounds like a great sub 24 hour trip! I'm glad you still went, even tho daylight was running out. Sounds fabulous!!

Did you take any pictures?

We don't have many state parks nearby, or I would do more S24O's. The only recreation park close by is about 17 miles away, the rest (state parks and lake recreaction areas) are 50+. That's a bit too much for a fully-loaded overnight trip.

I would love to do more overnights, especially in the summer when I'm off and DH can't get away.

What's your next adventure?
withm2012-04-27 03:34:32 +0000 #3
I really love this idea. I think my tent is too big/heavy but for a short ride maybe it would work. What kind of camp stove are you carrying on these trips? Carrying my 40 yrs old Coleman 2-burner stove is out of the question!
MomOnBike2012-04-27 04:39:01 +0000 #4
No photos, sorry. It was kind of dark, you see...

My stove is a cute little foldable thing that Sterno sells. After I burned the Sterno it came with, I put alcohol in the Sterno can and use that. It works pretty well and is light. Of course, I'll not be attempting a Thanksgiving dinner on that setup, but for my tea it is perfect.

As for my next adventure, I think I'll take DH down there some time. Some things are just meant to be shared, like the chores and the weight of the tent.

Beyond that, I really have no idea.
DebW2012-04-27 03:43:13 +0000 #5
What a wonderful little trip. And FYI, I've made Thanksgiving dinner on a tiny alcohol stove several times. Or I should say, the backpacking version of TG dinner.

Stove-top stuffing, instant brown rice, canned turkey, and dried cranberries, all cooked together in one pot. Well, it tastes good when you're hungry enough.

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Originally Posted by MomOnBike

My stove is a cute little foldable thing that Sterno sells. After I burned the Sterno it came with, I put alcohol in the Sterno can and use that. It works pretty well and is light. Of course, I'll not be attempting a Thanksgiving dinner on that setup, but for my tea it is perfect.
ridebikeme2012-04-27 05:33:20 +0000 #6
Congradulations on your trip!!

Withm, I just finished a self contained trip, and used a Jetboil stove. It's easy to use, and the mug that the water boils in can double as a dish to either drink out of use as a dish for the meal that you just cooked. I've used it for many backpacking trips, and really like it.

Sorry to hijack the thread, simply wanted to answer a question.

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Sky King2012-04-27 05:13:51 +0000 #7
Love sub24 tours. Sounds like a perfect one too!

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