I understand completely auto. Back in my dirt bike/hill climbing days I pretty much carried NOTHING. Couple drinks and a snack in my pocket along with an extra brake/clutch lever and I was good for the day. Light and fast was the order of the day.
Nowadays, I may leave the garage, go across the road and hit the ridge or across the hill and out the back of the farm and not come home for two or three days. I have to carry everything I might need during that time...gas, food, drinks, clothes and rain gear, camping gear, cooking gear, tools, chainsaw, tire repair stuff, towing/recovery stuff, toiletries and whatever else I might need while out in the boonies.
Man I’d love to be able to do that some day.
Leave on the ATV and know I’m going to camp out.
Only problem, I’d have to go with a group of peeps or, no joke, I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’d be scared lol. Even with peeps I’d have a level of uncomfort.
I used to camp out when I was a kid for first day of trout, until some buddies who were camping out the same night in a diff location had a knife put through their tent as they were sleeping and were told to leave and not come back.
Carry guns (which I do) carry a Grenada if you like, can’t do anything to protect yourself if everyone is sleeping.
I don’t trust anyone anymore.
You need to come down and hank out with me and my crew a few days this summer auto. I'll take you out and show you God's country and guarantee no one or no thing will bother you at all. I can show you some of the most beautiful country and secluded trails in the US along with elk, deer, a variety of small game species and if we're lucky we might even spot a bear or a bobcat!
And as an added bonus, we rarely see another human unless we drop off the trail to a store for gas or a mid-day snack or something. We typically leave pretty early, ride out in the back country about 60 or 70 miles, find a good spot to set up, fry a big steak or venison loin or fresh fish and fixin's, drink a few, turn in early, and then get up early, fix big pot of coffee and a big country breakfast then circle around another way back toward home. I don't like running over the same trail twice during one trip if I can help it.
Around here and most places we go, so long as you respect people's land and property, don't be obnoxiously loud and be courteous to landowners and others on the trail you'll very seldom run up on a A hole. I'm actually affiliated with the KY Tourism Department as a volunteer for OHV tourism and trail development and several of us work as volunteers for the USFS maintaining their trails and fire roads. Most all law enforcement, USFS rangers, game wardens and land owners anywhere in the area know us and many are good friends of mine or someone in my crew. We pretty much have carte blanche anywhere we want to go and have gate keys to a lot of private land and USFS land that is otherwise inaccessible to the general public. We can summon emergency help very quickly too should the need arise since many of the same folks mentioned above also act in that capacity as well.
The only things we really have to worry about while out there is hurting ourselves, breaking our machines or the occasional critter that might try to sneak a tasty treat from our stash... LOL... and they'd better watch it or THEY will become the next tasty treat!
“lucky”...? Uhhh riiiiight!!!
That to me be unlucky unless of course I were close to a door leading into a house!
We had a bear in my neighborhood back in June. Up until that point I had never seen a bear in real life outside of a zoo.
I hear about them all over here but as I stated, it’s rare to see one in person.
I wouldn’t sleep a wink knowing bear were around!
I would love to come down though or at least put a ride together at H&M where we could get together.
I love evening camping and morning camping, meaning sitting outside the lodge at night around a camp fire, cooking some dinner and waking up the next morning in a bed and going out to stoke the fire and cooking up some breakfast. Anything where I gotta lay my head down on the ground and am expected to wake back up the next morning on that same ground doesn’t sound so great anymore.
It’s not a too sophisticated mentality so much as a I’m a pussy in that regard! Spiders, snakes, bear, big cats, nutty peeps, just too much could go wrong lol.
Riding out your way does soud like a bucket list item so I’ll keep that in mind and do appreciate the invite. Thank you.
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Last edited by autosport7; 01-03-2019 at 07:03 PM.