Archive for the Motorcycle Trailer Category
It seems like every time I plan another motorcycle camping trip, I find a few new items to take along. Some items need to be replaced as they wear out, and there’s always a few new things I’d like to try.
My next trip is in the planning stages, and I’ve already made a few purchases (Why should my next trip be any different that the last?).
I pull a small cargo trailer behind the motorcycle, so I have the luxury of taking quite a few extra things I wouldn’t normally have room for.
Here’s a few items I’ve purchased for my next adventure:
– Big Agnes Insulated Air Core to put under the sleeping bag (I’m not getting any younger!).
– MSR Alpine 1.6L Stowaway Pot (replacing an old camp set).
– GSI Outdoors Plate, Bowl, Cup and Cutlery (replacing an old set).
– GSI Outdoors Stainless 6 Cup Percolator (replacing an old one).
– GSI Outdoors Java Press (I’ve never tried one of these. The reviews are positive and it seems easy to use).
– Thermarest Camp Pillow (Rolls up nice and small. My old one was several years old).
– Fixedblade Knife with Sheath and Fire Starter (Never have enough knives).
– LED Flashlight (Small and very bright).
– NALGENE 1 quart Water Bottle x 2 (trying not to use so many plastic throw-aways).
– Safety Whistle (just in case).
– Bear Spray (for tent camping in Yellowstone National Park).
– Pepper Spray (Small and can be attached to a belt or backpack).
– DryLite Towel (Compact and holds a lot of water).
– Waterproof Matches Holder (In case the lighter doesn’t work).
– Small Salt and Pepper Shaker (Very small design).
– Podsacs Stuff Sack (for dirty cloths).
– Hanes Men’s Thermal Pants (I could only find these in Red).
– Coghlan’s Camp shower (I’ve never tried this but the reviews are very positive).
Nothing extravagant, just some items to make the camping a little more enjoyable/comfortable/easier/safer… you get the idea.
These items were purchased at some of my favorite places for camping gear. Bass Pro Shops, Sportsman’s Warehouse, REI and Amazon.
With my latest ride complete, it’s time to air out the camping gear and make sure everything is dried out. I don’t want any surprises when I start my next trip. The “green grass” you see is a piece of artificial grass I put in front in front of my tent to help keep out the rocks, dirt, etc. when getting in the tent. It may look strange out in the middle of the woods with my camp set up, but it works quite nicely. It folds up nice and small.
Time for a new rear tire. I’ve already gone to far on this one. This latest motorcycle trip, over 3,400 miles, gave it a real workout. I don’t recall how many mountain ranges I climbed up and over the last couple of weeks between, AZ-CA-OR-WA-ID-WY and back to AZ, but there were quite a few.
I’ve had this USA flag on the back of my bike for over 22,000 miles. Time for it’s retirement. When I purchased this flag a couple years ago, I bought an extra so I’d be ready for this day. Now I need to find an organization that can properly retire this flag. Perhaps the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, ROTC, or a Veterans organization.
A new addition for my next motorcycle camping trip. A 1000 watt Honda inverter/generator. Now I can keep the cell phone, camera battery, DVD player etc. charged up. No more asking a waitress if I can plug in my cell phone when I stop for breakfast or lunch! This thing is as quiet as a mouse and it fits nicely in the motorcycle trailer. I’m not exactly roughing it when I go camping these days am I?
We made camp here at the Los Padres National Forest Campground , at Wheeler Gorge. A nice campground with lots of spaces. I walked around the whole camp in about 45 minutes or so and found it to be just about empty. I estimate over 100 campsites, with only about 10 being used. Not much activity this time of year. Maybe when school gets out and the families take their vacations.
On the last photo if you look closely, you’ll see a couple of raccoon paw prints on the saddlebag that we noticed in the morning. There was some food inside that must have smelled appealing!