Motorcycle Camping Part 3 – The Trial

This should be the last post about the motorcycle camping trial run, in other words the testing in real time before the serious stuff starts. At this point everything I can think of is packed, food, toiletries, clothes, cooking utensils, heater (this was in March and still cold) extension cords, table, chairs, firewood, etc etc etc…. In other words had the trailer hooked up, bike and some supplies in trailer with the remainder in the cab or back of the truck.

Lets go——we had reserved camping sites at Karick Lake South for March 4 through the 8th of 2020. Five days to test out this setup, see what was missing and what could be left behind on the next outing. By the way Karick Lake camping is near by (25 miles) and is a really quiet and well taken care of campground. It has a fishing pier, bath rooms, showers, and hiking trails. Each campsite has electrical hook up and water. For those with RV and trailer campers there is a dump station on your way out.

Backed in on arrival

As you can see from the photos, when we arrived it was dreary looking, foggy, raining, and on top of that the wind was blowing pretty good also. Those photos were taken around three in the afternoon. That was not going to stop this camper however, we were going to stick it out no matter what. In fact turns out most of the five days we were there it was like this, cold, damp and for normal people some might have called it miserable.

Next it was time to setup, unload the bike first, then inflate the queen size air mattress, unpack the blankets, hook up the water hose, plug into electricity, turn on the heater, build a fire and get ready to prepare some food. The RV you see in the right side of the photo below is my brother and sister-in-law. They camp in style with all the comforts of home. 🙂

It rained really hard that night, the camper directly in front of me was camping in a tent and riding a motorcycle. Met him the next morning as he was packing up to leave. He explained it was pretty rough since his tent flooded and he only had a few dry clothes to change into. He was from Mississippi and was headed home that morning hoping he could stay out of most of the bad weather. Not likely though, storms were brewing all across the southern states at that time.

Even though is was miserable, had a great time with my brother. We hiked almost every day, cooked and ate a lot, sat around the camp fire which we kept going strong for the entire time and talked about anything that came to mind. Learned a lot on the trip, some changes I might do and other things I could do without. In other words, I packed way too much stuff. 🙂 Even though the weather was not nice still had a chance to take a few short rides on the motorcycle which for me is always fun.

Will post a two minute video below of one ride as I was leaving the camp site and out of the campground to the main road. Camera was mounted on rear of the motorcycle. Turned off the sound because it was so windy.

Soon we will catch up from the past and start posting about what’s happening now, but first I will need to catch you up on what has happened since this camping trip, maybe more camping, more rides, more photos and videos. So be patient with me, we’ll get there I promise. Will close this post out with a few more photos of that campsite. It was a blast and a learning experience for sure!

Remember not an “Old Biker” by definition, just an old man (by birth certificate) that loves to ride motorcycles. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions. Stay tuned, hit that follow button to be notified when next post publishes. And if you feel the urge, you can share this on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Thanks for reading. 🙂


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2 Responses to “Motorcycle Camping Part 3 – The Trial”

  1. Simon Says:

    Well done, like your style!!! I travel round Europe (COVID permitting of course) with my rig, which is a Mercedes Vito van (with auto box and 3L diesel engine) and inside I can carry my Quad plus 2 bicycles OR one or 2 motorcycles. I prefer hotels so we drive to our destination (France, Spain, Germany or the UK so far), park up the van and visit the local area on 2 or 4 wheels. GREAT fun!

  2. Ray Says:

    Thanks Simon, words of encouragement always help.

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