Guest blog post by Joshua Hodge, Founder of deepbluemountain.com
If you are a motorcycle lover, then you might have already experienced the excitement and joy that you get from going on a solo camping ride on your two-wheeler. If not, this read will certainly make it a memorable one for you!
Living our daily monotonous routines for longer periods can have real adverse effects on our physical and mental health. Every now and then, a human body needs to break that monotony and take some time off for its own betterment.
If you have decided to do that and yet you do not feel like spending too much on your vacation or doing something that still involves people, urban environment, crowded travel destinations, etc. – camping could well be your answer!
And there is nothing better than feeling the landscapes, nature and those fresh winds on your motorcycle than a car. However, it is important to keep a few factors in mind while picking the right camping site. Let us see what those are:
Whether you are planning to go to one of the well-known campsites in your area or wild camping – make sure it is a safe destination to be traveling solo.
A good way is to check with the local authorities to get as much information as you can possibly get regarding the destination or spot that you want to go camping.
Going solo camping on your motorcycle is an adventure, yes – however, an adventure does not necessarily mean that you should put yourself in all sorts of trouble and enduring physical pain by having to set up your sleeping tent on an uneven, rocky or a wet surface.
Choose a site that has smooth and camping-friendly grounds that are good for you to set up your equipment, and also walkable when you are up in the morning while sipping away your coffee.
This is one of the most important decisions that you will be making before leaving on your solo motorcycle camping trip. While state parks, forests and campsites have their safety checks in place, they can also be a bit too annoying at times. Furthermore, the number of campers and solo travelers that you would see here, might be a lot.
You can always find a decent camping spot at someone’s private property – a spot near a river or a lake, near an old barn or at one of the mountainous areas – just try to have a decent, real conversation with the property owner and you might not have much of a problem in getting a nod from them.
Well, if this is your first time going solo camping on your motorcycle, it is advised that you better not go wild camping. However, if you have made these trips before, then wild camping can give you the real adrenaline rush that you are looking forward to from your camping trip.
There’s literally nothing better than heading out into the wilderness and finding a decent spot for yourself to set up your solo camping tent.
If you are someone who does not want the full blow of the sun’s heat and light too early in the morning, go for a spot that is deeper into the woods where the sun rays will not penetrate into your tent and make it hot too early.
Depending on your preferences, you can find places with either little or more sun during daytime.
It is always a good idea to check for the weather forecasts in the region or the spot where you are headed for camping. Remember, you will be on your motorcycle and your camping tent, regardless of how good quality it is made from, might give up on you if there are strong winds and heavy storms with rainfall.
Choose a spot that has a nice and clear weather during the days when you are there so that you can enjoy your camping and worry less about your well-being and equipment.
The whole point of going on a solo camping trip on your motorcycle is to find that peace which you can’t really get in the urban cities and counties. And if you are hearing those constant creepy sounds of mosquitoes, horseflies, other types of bugs and insects – then you are not at peace, for sure!
In addition to this, carrying a weapon does not mean that you can successfully scare away a big bear that you encounter at your campsite. Those are dangerous wile beasts and they should be taken that way, too. Do your homework in finding a spot that does not make your camping trip a miserable one.
Once you have chosen the right campsite for your next motorcycle camping trip, get the right camping gear, your food supplies, all other necessary supplies and just leave into that adventurous journey that you badly need!
Founder of deepbluemountain.com