So this is a bit late but I finally got pics up of the dry run setup of the tent…First off let me say that this tent may have been a bad choice. It might work for an extended trip but the 1 or 2 night stays that I’m planning for October may make this tent too much of a hassle. I was planning to attempt the shakedown run for this past weekend..Guess what happened? Tropical Storm Hanna happened…I don’t know when I’ll be able to plan another one..This weekend coming up is our monthly outage window at work so I’ll be working late Friday/early Saturday…The weekend of the 20th – 21st I have my MSF riders’ edge course..Barring any more hurricanes/tropical storms or other madness I’ll be going Sep 27th – 28th..Hopefully :-/
I’m planning to do an equipment shakedown camping trip the weekend of September 6th – 7th. Look for pics of me trying to get the tent setup this weekend :-).
Due to some unforseen and unpreventable issues my shakedown trip, scheduled for this past weekend had to be cancelled. I’m bummed but not overly concerned since I have a few more weekends I can head out on before the big trip. Right now I’m looking at the weekend of Sep 6th-7th. I will probably take a day this week or next weekend to setup the tent in the back yard to get familiar with it.
So this weekend will be the first run with what I have on hand. So far that includes:
- SissyBar Luggage
- Tent (freaking *huge* tent)
- Rain Gear (hopefully it gets here in time. I ordered it yesterday with 2nd day shipping, fingers crossed)
I still so very uncertain that this tent was the best purchase for a solo trip. I didn’t get a chance to set it up over the weekend since I was sick (read back one post to get the details). I’m hoping to find time this week to set it up a few times.
This tropical storm could prove interesting. If it comes in and gives us some rain this will be a really good test of equipment and rider. I’m a bit nervous since the place I’m going camping has nothing but *very* dusty gravel roads. I’ve only ridden on a few gravel roads and from what I remember it wasn’t fun. But taking it slow and at my own pace is what I’ll be doing..
So I got the tent I ordered from BikerTent.com and it’s *huge*. The pics online make it look smaller than it is…It also has a separate bag for the stakes,poles,ropes, etc…I’m hoping I can pack it down a bit tighter than how it came. Look for some new pics to the gallery of me fumbling around trying to get it setup 🙂
So I’m slowly gathering all the gear that I *think* I’m going to need. So far I’ve picked up (all links open in new window):
I still need to get raingear, sleeping bag, cook ware, cool weather gloves, and probably several more things I’m forgetting…Ugh..so much to do in so little time…October 5th is fast approaching. If anyone reading this has done any motorcycle camping I’d be very interested in hearing about your experiences. Leave a comment or head over to http://www.year26.org and use the contact page.