The Joys of Camping: Choosing a Campsite

May 24, 2019 View Comments by

Choosing a campsite, motorcycle camping

I don’t have a problem with nice company. But when traveling by myself on a bike, I love the “get away from it all” feeling of wild campsites. No RV generators, no cell phones, preferably no noise at all, apart from nature sounds like creeks or birds. Location is important. I always look for great views, even if I have to compromise comfort (like sleeping on rocky ground or in wind in exposed areas). But sitting in front of the tent and watching the sunset with a beautiful vista before you can provide unforgettable moments on a journey.

Sleeping beside a creek or lake is another fine option. It makes matters of hygiene very simple, and the sound of water is the best melody to fall asleep. If the prospect of water isn’t good, I bring an Ortlieb water bag filled up with about 2.5 gallons of water before searching out a place for the night. That’s enough for a decent shower and cooking.

Experience makes it easier to find the perfect spot; you get better and better. Mountains, deserts, and forests are always nice. They usually provide public land, little population, and the best geographical features. I usually try to end my day in one of them, preferably as far from the highway as possible. It is less a safety concern and more a necessity for a good night’s sleep. First, you avoid traffic noise. Second, being invisible from the road cuts off the chance of a visit by some drunken lads or a curious policeman at one in the morning. A couple of hundred yards venturing along a forestry road often can make a difference. But the farther you get away from asphalt, the better. A dual sport bike is a big plus when traveling these wild ways.

Text and Photography: Uwe Krauss


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