This past weekend was the 5th (I think) annual Spring Hang for a group of campers and hikers from the Hammock Forums. It was at Jefferson Forest in south western Jefferson County. For me, it was about a 30-45 minute ride, even without taking the expressway.
The weather for the weekend was supposed to be fairly decent. And it really was. Saturday’s high got to mid 60s and overnight it got to the lower 30s. The only real issue was the wind, which didn’t seem to want to end even at the end of the day. Some of the campers came in Friday and said it actually ended up dying down after the sun went down, but Saturday, it stuck around.
Some background first – I have been looking and wanting to try hammock camping for a while. Being in the Smokey’s most of the time for overnights (KY in general, TN, NC) there is no shortage of trees for hanging a hammock. It wasnt that it would be a cheaper than a quality tent, but that I would not have hotspots from stones, twigs, roots or whatever was on the ground, even with a sleeping pad. So, I have been on the lookout for a good hammock that would last and not break the bank. Read the rest of this entry »
For anyone who lives in the same area as I do know we are finally into Winter. Last ride I took was last Thursday (Jan 14) and it has been inclement ever since. Either too cold, too wet, or too dangerous with the amounts of ice and snow. Hell, if you take a look out, the ground is covered in snow and the roads are barely passable even for cars. And it looks like that is staying around for a while.
And thus, we enter the Winter Doldrums. It was the same last year.
After 2 months, my luggage I ordered back in January finally arrived. Granted, I have not needed it at all so far, so it was not a big deal. I just wanted to have so I can practice getting the bike packed for a camping trip so I can test out my gear and see how long it will take to get things set up. Photos below the break.
So, one of my goals for taking trips on the bike is to do so in a self-sufficient manor. Along the lines of the cowboys riding with their herds taking only what they needed to survive and camping out under the stars when they are too tired to ride any longer. There are a few ways to do this, and lots of people stay in cabins or hotels/motels along the way, but I wanted to camp. Full on tent and fire and dehydrated camp food at the end of the day.
So, I have been thinking about some of the trips I want to make this summer on my motorcycle (still need a name for it yet) I have been doing some reading and searching for the kind of gear required and think that maybe this year I take more or less “lets just try this” outlook and find cheap places to stay, whether it be in a campground that has cabins or motel on the road. Of course, that would be for solo treks. Some friends have a motor home and will be going places a lot during the warmer months. They have said I could throw my tent-cot (the cot has a tent built in, quite nice for one person) in the motor home and I could help with the camping fees when we stop. This would be great as well. I am really looking forward to that.