Here are the answers to my bike camping FAQs:
Here is the list of the most frequently asked questions about my bike camping trip:
1. What is it?
2. Did you build it yourself?
3. Do you sleep in it?
4. Where are you going?
5. Where did you start?
6. Is it heavy/hard to pull?
7. Do you ride on the roads with it?
8. Where do you sleep in it?
9. Do police bother you?
Here are the answers to my bike camping LESS FAQs:
Here is the list of the less frequently asked questions about my bike camping trip:
1. How do you stay warm when it’s cold?
2. How do you shower and keep clean?
3. What do you do for a bathroom?
4. Where do you do laundry?
This is the start of my bike camping travel south down the east coast.
I built my bike camper in DelCo, Pa and my plan is to start in Fallston, MD and then travel south, out of the cold North East, to some beach place with more sunny and warm days to enjoy.
I want to check out a few beach towns along the way and I’m open to relocating to them, or continue to St Petersburg area and then maybe relocate there.
If I really like the trip I just may continue travelling.
I have no definite plans and actually I haven’t really planned much but the bike camper build. And even that I didn’t spend much time planning.
Please stick around and let’s see what happens on my bike camping travel south down the east coast.
So, my first bike camping overnight at Walmart’s parking lot in Fallston, MD was a moderate success.
Kevin dropped me off (Thanks Kevin!) and I set my self up for the first time.
I ate my last half of my last meal before the pedaling starts. Bonnie and Kevin got me a Hoagie and a Cheesesteak because they love me and I won’t be having either for a while. At least not good Philly ones.
I was excited for my trip. It was noisy with people walking around and hanging by their cars until late. Or should I say; early.
I didn’t sleep well. My guess is the fact that it was my first night in it on the road had something to do with it too.
If you are wondering how I found that I could stay in Walmart’s parking lot, I used AllStays.
AllStays is a membership website that has a database of places, primarily for RVers but useful for me as a bike camper, to safely park overnight. It includes camprounds, hotels and truck stops. You can use its map feature so you can easily find Walmarts, Home Depots, Lowes, Cracker Barrels, etc. It also offers a few extras like where you can dump water and sewage, refill propane and my favorite: ghost towns.
One of its best features is it allows users to update the database with current status and reviews. This allows you to have an idea of what you are in for before you choose to stay there. If you are an RVer, no big deal. But as a bike camper, that information can be invaluable in your trip planning.
I bought the pro for about $35. It appears that they do increase their pricing about once a year, so check it out before the next one: http://bit.ly/3bf0qis
So, overall, not bad for my first bike camping overnight at Walmart’s parking lot.
This was a really difficult day but with a beer at the end of the rainbow, it’s all good!
I got on the road and struggled with my first day of hills. I made it to the Fallston Volunteer Fire Dept over 7 miles away. Not too bad!
Or, if I enjoy bike camping, I’ll just keep going…
I was planning to travel overseas to Bali, Vietnam or Chang Mai before COVID-19 hit. COVID smashed my plans.
I though that maybe I could hitch or hike to Florida as relocating there was my next favorite option.
I researched places to live in Florida and thought I like Jacksonville Beach or St Petersburg – Clearwater area the best.
Hitchhiking seemed to be out as getting rides during COVID would be a lot more difficult.
Hiking seemed to be my best option, but I couldn’t take much stuff and things -at least according to the news- seemed to be getting dangerous out there. You know, with all the protests, shooting and stuff.
Also, on previous hitching and hiking adventures, I constantly chased electricity. That was a big problem I wanted to avoid.
I knew it was time to go and tried to relax knowing that everything would work itself out.
In the early months of COVID I knew I wasn’t going anywhere just yet. Nobody really knew what exactly was going on.
I figured we’d get a handle on COVID and that maybe with some delay I’d still be able to go overseas.
Americans were banned from many countries because of our less than effective response.
I started watching videos of lightweight bike campers and thought that maybe that was something I could do.
What I like least about lightweight travel adventures is not having a place to sleep, chasing electricity and a way to get around to get food or supplies or a way to quickly get out of places that I don’t like.
I thought a bike packing trip with a bike camper would solve those huge problems and I’d be able to relocate with some comfort the items I truly enjoy.
I wasn’t quite right.
So, I did some more research, mostly YouTube videos, and decided in the beginning of August 2020 that I would do it.
I gathered the supplies and tools I had, ordered some new ones, put what I didn’t need in storage, built my lightweight, tear drop bike camper, said my goodbyes and was on the road by September 15, 2020.
No, I didn’t plan much out, no I didn’t think it through very thoroughly and no I wasn’t totally prepared.
Basically, I planned to travel with a bike camper. I didn’t even have a start place until a day or two before I left…
Unfortunately, that’s how I roll…
When I want to do something, I do it.
I’m OK with making mistakes, hardships, setbacks and failing. I believe they are all ways to learn and grow.
As a matter of fact, one of my favorite sayings is: “if you are not making a lot of mistakes, you are not living”. “Just don’t make the same ones repetitively”.
October 6 – 19: Jeff who saved me on the big hill(no shoulder and rush hour), DeAnna, Father John and St Joseph’s Church, 1623 Brewery with Matt, Carrie, Cameron, Chris, Annie, Jake, Ron and pretty girl with the new haircut), Dylan who wrote a story about me for the Carroll County Times, Greg at Freedom Church, Ken who gave me $40 for just because, Michelle, St Josephs, Quincy, Charlie, Mark and Tim the brewer who gave me water.
(Honorable Mentions: Brian who told me that the upcoming hills weren’t too bad)
September 15 – October 6, 2020: Brenda, Patrick McHugh, Jose, The Susans, Yousef, Inverness Brewing (IB Patrons: the pretty dark haired girl group, Richard, Family with new kid and friends),Lady who told me to take Falls Rd, Richard H, Todd from Hallaton Inc, Will Selway, Spook, Mike, Mike, Sparks, Torry C Brown Rail Trail, Bonnie from Valley View Farms, Hamptons Inn, Sandy from outside of Lowes, Steve who told me I was going the wrong way, pretty blonde girl at Carrolls Carry Out, Cockeysville FD, Bria, Rochelle, Texas Roadhouse, Missy, Brayden and Outback Steakhouse, Delta Hotel, Ed, Glynden Fire Dept, Reistertown Fire Dept and Jeff who saved me on a big hill at rush hour.
(Honorable Mentions: Bike guy who gave me directions to Inverness Brewing while avoiding hills, The Proper Sporks, everyone who opened gates for me on the Torry C Brown Rail Trail, McDonalds guy, Paolo, Missy, and Brian)
Helpful People, Businesses and Nice Places On My Bike Camping Tour
I’m meeting so many kind, curious, interesting and helpful people and I want to thank you all for all your help and interest. You are so very much appreciated!
The Build and So Much More
Bonnie, Kevin and my Dad have been so helpful to me in my life.
I am so grateful and lucky to have the family I have. There are no words to express my love and gratitude for them.
Hugo mostly got in my way but I miss his dumb, furry face…
The trip and lists starts and continues in Baltimore County Maryland.