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Camping On Motorcycles (or...I can't bring the Coleman stove?) 
Aug. 17, 2011 11:17 am 
Updated: Aug. 18, 2011 6:54 pm

I love camping!  I remember camping with my dad and younger brothers often when I was a kid (camping was never mom's cup of tea), until high school when I became 'too busy' to go camping.  Camping with my dad involved loading the aluminum boat with camping and fishing gear and heading to the lake for an awesome weekend of camping.  The campground had a few neat playgrounds and would host 'Make Your Own Sundae' night and also had an arcade.  We would always have a ham steak for dinner one night and eat the leftovers for breakfast the next morning.  Dad would also cook up some of the trout we caught when fishing early in the mornings.  Camping with my dad helped me to appreciate nature and get away from the telephone and Nintendo, to live more basic for a few days.

I didn't realize how basic that could get until this past weekend, when I went on my first motorcycle camping trip.  We rode with a group of six people spanning 5 bikes: my husband and myself each on our own Buell, our buddy on his Suzuki, his girlfriend on her Vespa, and his parents (who we have also become friends with) riding together on a BMW (yes, we looked like quite the interesting bunch!).

Packing was limited to the essentials.  My husband and I invested in a backpacking stove, so we loaded that along with trail mix, granola, some dehydrated meals and some soup, drinking water, a mess kit, sandals, and some toiletries into the saddlebags.  We packed our clothes in backpacks and bungee-strapped the sleeping bags and a tent to the back of the bikes and called it packed and ready to go.

We met half our group about 15 minutes from home and then proceeded taking Hwy 29 over St. Helena Mountain into Calistoga, then took the 101 down to Rohnert Park to meet the rest of the group.  Next, we headed out to Bodega Bay, traveling north to Salt Point.  Riding on Hwy 1 is beautiful!  And fun on a motorcycle!  The cliffs drop off to a rocky and gorgeous coastline.  It is almost a challenge to keep your eyes on the road and off the horizon!

Our campsite was a stone's throw away from a cliff.  We lined up the bikes and set up the tents behind them, around the fire ring.  We were able to get wood for a fire, but without a cooler and the usual camping equipment, the campfire was a source of light and heat, not grub.  As each couple shared a dehydrated dinner mixed with boiling water (which got cold fast and was a bit crunchy), we decided the astronaut food was best saved for emergencies.  Waking up and smelling other campers making bacon while I had to look forward to granola was a tad bit of a bummer.  While bacon, burgers and chicken aren't an option when camping on motorcycles, next time we will find more creative ways to fill our bellies.  More and more healthy options are popping up on grocery store shelves all the time.  We did go out for lunch one day, but eating out is limited to once when camping, in my book!

(Anyone with motorcycle camping, backpack camping, or just has any good ideas, please feel free to post them below!  I'll need the advice for next year!)  One day, I will own a bigger bike and have a nice matching trailer behind it!

While at the coast, we hiked along the rocks and explored the tide pools, feeling like children as we peered to see what lurked inside.  We also rode to Fort Ross and toured the old fort, learning some history of the area we were staying in.  Most of all, we enjoyed living out-of-doors for 3 days, appreciating nature and falling asleep in a tent, listening to the rolling waves of the ocean.


It was a great time!  I love camping so much that I'm already planning our next trip for next month, this time to the Mendocino coast.  As much as I love riding my motorcycle, this trip is going to be in the SUV with the Coleman stove and a cooler full of tasty ingredients for gourmet camp cooking!  There's nothing like burgers and grilled chicken with a little dirt in it to fill your belly and put a smile on your face around a campfire!  S'mores, anyone?

Tents are up!
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Camping near the ocean cliff.
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'No cooking required' ?!?!
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Hubby & me in the sun's rays at Ft. Ross
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View from Fort Ross
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DH & me on the rocks at the ocean.
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My bike and tent.
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Me in the driveway after a long trip.
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Aug. 17, 2011 1:04 pm
I enjoyed your blog. We "camp" also in our 27 foot travel trailer with a kitchen, fridge, stove, oven, microwave, satellite tv, outdoor shower and a queen size bed with a "real" mattress, not the one that came with the RV. Now, that's roughing it!!! J/K.. I envy your simple time in the gorgeous setting!
Aug. 17, 2011 1:26 pm
My husband and adult kids camp using only tarps, no tents, too much weight they say. They also wash their dishes with dirt. Maybe, this is why I prefer day hikes. Sounds like you had a great time.
Aug. 17, 2011 1:35 pm
We now have a camper (much like Cindy's above) for camping trips, but we have camped in tents and backpacked as well. We found that for backpacking those Lipton (or whatever brands) pasta or rice sides worked great, and add tuna from those foil packets or chicken. Powdered milk was good, just add water to it, or take powdered kool-aid or lemonade mix to add to water for a variety of drinks. Your trip sounds like so much fun! Thanks for sharing!
Aug. 17, 2011 4:00 pm
Thanks for reading, Cindy in Pensacola!
Aug. 17, 2011 4:01 pm
Marie C., it was a great time! And just a tarp is little too basic for me, lol! Glad your boys love to camp!
Aug. 17, 2011 4:03 pm
Mother Ann, thanks for the suggestions! I forgot about the Lipton-Knorr packets. Do those have MSG though? Powdered milk and tuna are also good ones.
Aug. 17, 2011 7:48 pm
LOLOLOL! You go girl! We have a Roadking. And in years past we have pulled a trailer with a sidecar. I have been to Sturgis and I understand the limitations motorcycle camping can have. I have also been in the sidecar on the way back from Minnesota when we had a blow out in the rear tire. I have pictures & quite the memories from all of of our trips but that particular trip was the last one for me. Our son was with us sitting behind his dad and if his dad wasn't the rider he is...well.....but I do like to camp still :)(:
Aug. 18, 2011 8:52 am
Awesome Cat Hill! So glad the blowout didn't turn messy. It's a dangerous way to travel, but a load of fun when all goes well!
Aug. 18, 2011 9:10 am
I sounds like a great trip. I started camping as a kid with my brother - much like Marie C's family - I met my hubby and drug him along one time - he hated it! Surprised he still wanted to marry me. We progressed to a tent - then van conversion and now to an RV. The best part of RV camping is having your own bathroom!
Aug. 18, 2011 9:14 am
Oh - I meant to say - I think after I got the tent pitched I would have been heading back to a local grocery store....somehow instant chicken pot pie - no cooking required sounds a little scary. :)
Aug. 18, 2011 9:59 am
Baking Nana...I was envious of the RVs whenever I had to go the bathroom-the campground only had porta-potties, EWWW! Scary describes both the bathrooms and the food, lol!
Aug. 18, 2011 1:15 pm
Merciful heavens, you can see some REALLY scary things in those portapotties. I'll stick with the RV now lolol. Although in my younger years I camped for almost a month in Colorado on a geology fieldtrip for college. It is amazing what you can fix over fire! The backpacking food that requires little or no prep, I haven't tried and don't really see trying it at this age :)(:
Aug. 18, 2011 3:49 pm
and you won't be missing out on anything by not trying, Cat Hill!
Aug. 18, 2011 4:55 pm
Can you strap a cast iron pan to the back of the motorcycle?
Aug. 18, 2011 5:06 pm
Lissa - I thought of you today - I had lunch with an old friend. We were remembering the fun times camping with just the two of us 'girls' and all the kids. We were cooking bacon for breakfast and the poor people next to us were sitting at the picnic table with twinkies and warm grape soda. Looking back 25 years- we should have invited them to breakfast - but their Harley was a little intimidating. :) Wow - how times have changed!
Aug. 18, 2011 6:54 pm
lol, too funny Baking Nana!
Aug. 18, 2011 6:54 pm
Such a shame, I don't even own a cast iron pan.
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