The shop I work at will be switching from the typical 5 day work week, to a 3 day/12hrs a day system starting at the end of this quarter. We will still get paid for 40 hours
4 days off in a row....-every week! I see many camping trips with the NC in my future!
I can fit my MountainSmith Morrison 2 man tent, TravelChair sleeprite cot, Eddie Bauer down sleeping bag, my REI flex chair, 12 volt pump and tools in my Hepco Becker xployer side cases, I have room for my clothes, cocoon pillow, and camp stove in my Hepco Becker top case which I can use for a nightstand/dresser in the tent next to the cot. A place for everything, and everything in a case.
This is something I am actually working on plans for this summer. Leave out on a Friday evening to a campground in some state or national park, tent out overnight and take off the next morning. With the summers here, it wont be difficult to get an early start, considering it will be 80s and humid by 7am. Then, just ride around the area or to the next park, repeat and come home Sunday. Just need to get a small enough tent that the poles are not 3 feet long... I am used to big tents rather than small 1 person ones.
Now, the other side to that coin, I have a nice cot with a built-in tent, however there is no way to get it on the bike. However, a couple of my best friends make a lot of weekend trips. They have a small camper, and the cot-tent will fit in it easily. We have already discussed some trips for spring and early summer as well as some longer ones in the fall. What is nice, we drive to the site, set up the camper, then we all ride to see the sites. They have a '09 Honda Rebel that is racked on the back of the camper. We split the site costs and food and it will make for a cheap and fun trip. At night, we cook on site, I crash in my tent-cot and the next day we move on to the next spot. These are the trips I can't wait for.