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Take an Overnight Bicycle TripBy Christina ScannapiegoRecreation.govYou love camping. You love riding your bike. You're dying to go on a little adventure. You're jealous of your friend whose recent vacation consisted of biking from Boston to San Diego.Whether you've never been on an overnight bicycle trip and you have no idea where to begin or you just can't imagine having the time or expertise to cross the entire continent on two wheels right now, you can still jump into your first one- or two-day bike trip without any worries at all - and the experience will prepare you for a longer trip in the future until you build up to the big one. "It's amazing how a one- or two-night bike trip can feel like a bigger adventure," says Mac McCoy, who's served as tour director, routes and mapping director and general expert in adventure cycling since the '70s and was the national coordinator of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.He reminds us that as far as accommodations go, your options are limitless."Credit card" touring, as McCoy calls it can be more relaxing and much easier on your load, since you're not worrying about camping. How fun does biking through the country with your significant other or group of friends sound, treating yourselves to a night an inn or bed and breakfast?But if you're the looking for a wilderness adventure, a bike camping overnight is the perfect quick fix for that longing. Besides, as McCoy points out, "for those of us who love to bike tour, but don't always have the time or money, camping on your bike overnight is a great option." He stresses the sense of accomplishment you'll feel when you come home, even after just one or two nights.
This blog will focus on touring lighter and less encumbered. I am not an expert; I only know what works for me. I’ve been into ultralight backpacking for many years and now that I am beginning to tour more by bicycle I wanted to apply some of the same ideas. There’s very little information and resources out there specifically for ultralight bike touring, but plenty for backpackers. Fortunately, much of the same gear and techniques work well for both. I hope you enjoy and visit often.
markphilips:I discovered that every campground near the coast is booked solid "on weekends" until the end of August. So reserving a campsite for the S240 will be postponed for the Fall. Stay tuned.
Stephan:No hike and bike sites at San Onofre State Beach.
Curtis:MfutchHope your overnight ride went well. Would have like to come with you, but committed to a ride in Redlands on Saturday. Maybe next time. Ride peacefully.
Paul:...tech problems with my new dyno setup caused me to ride through Malibu in the dark and it got a little scary. I holed up in Venice for 6 hours and waited for daylight...