Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Varina, Virginia
I used to love to camp. I did it as a Boy Scout, and then in the Army(not as much fun). And after marriage, I made several trips on the bike and camped. Sometimes in real campgrounds and sometimes where I could just find a good place to pitch a tent.
I took the wife with me on one of those trips and she did wonderful. But when the first son came we stopped travelling on a motorcycle and started camping with the car. Eventually after a trip to Nova Scotia we graduated to a pull behind pop-up camper. We used that for several years and then got a real travel trailer with heat, air conditioning and a toilet. We camped all over the east coast with that trailer. We had a blast!
And then I got my first real touring bike and took a cross country trip with my youngest son(he was 12) and he and I camped. So when I got home I suggested that she and I take a trip on the bike and camp so we went to the motorcycle races at VIR. When we got home, she explained to me that henceforth if we were going to travel by motorcycle, then camping would have to involve a real bed, a porcelain toilet with shower. And a TV would be nice!
I made a few trips after that and enjoyed myself camping with my old tent, but all of our travel since 1990 has resulted in motel rooms. Does it cost more--probably but this makes it more of a vacation for her with no camp chores and she does not have to eat my camp cooking!
I might someday convince her to get a motorhome but if not I will also continue to enjoy the comfort of motels.
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