I love sleeping on the ground. I love smelling like campfire. I love riding my loaded bicycle to exotic suburban locations.
Join us for a beginner-friendly bike camping trip! Everyone is welcome to join!
Who: Everyone is welcome, especially beginners. The more the merrier!
What: Group bike camping trip
Where/ How far: Carver Park Reserve, 25 miles, almost all on trails
When: Saturday, May 19- Sunday, May 20
How much $: Campsite will be no more than 7 dollars a person, plan to pitch in a little for firewood
Why: Bike camping is fun!
Check below for more detailed information, including details about a happy hour planning session!
Meet at Common Roots on Lyndale at 11am on May 19 for fuel and caffeine, plan to roll out at noon.
We will be biking about 25 miles to Carver Park Reserve at an eaaaassssy pace. We will take it easy, stop often, and enjoy our surroundings. Plan on bringing your own extra inner tube and any special tools for any mechanical issues that might come up, but there will be plenty of people around to give you a hand and we won't be leaving anyone behind. Almost all of the riding is on trails, including crushed limestone trail.
Map of Carver Park Reserve: http://www.threeriversparks.org/~/media/Maps/PDFs/Park%20Detail/Summer/carver_summer.ashx
We will be camping at Parley Lake at the western end of the Carver Park Reserve because that particular site does not allow RVs and the road ends at the site so there will hopefully not be much traffic.
We will purchase our firewood at the park.
We are doing this early in the season, so there is a chance that there will be bad weather. I'm willing to risk it! We can always discuss rescheduling in the event of gross weather, but I will definitely be camping unless there is a tornado or blizzard.
Let's have a happy hour to plan and hang out. People can ask questions if they have them, and we can figure out how to keep from bringing unnecessary duplicate items, and, my favorite part, we can plan dinner and breakfast!
If you want to, you CAN do this. We want to help you make it happen.
You should be able to comfortably ride 15 miles. If you can do that, you can definitely do this trip.
I'm including a generic pack list that I use every time I go bike camping. I use it as a reference and don't always bring everything, and you certainly shouldn't feel like you need everything on the list. It is a guide. Some items, like a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, tent, and someway to carry cargo are really important to have, but don't feel like you have to buy a bunch of stuff! If you need to share a tent, ask, and someone might have extra room. Ask around for a sleeping bag/ mat to borrow if you don't have one. The same goes for panniers/ a trailer
We want this to be a super friendly experience for beginners. I will have extra cargo space, and I think others will too, for carrying things like cookware and larger communal items. (We might want to make a stop in Victoria to pick up beer and ice on the way!)
This is a generic pack-list that I use. I will pare it down for this trip, but I can go for 4+ days with roughly the same amount of gear.
Sleeping bag + mat
Collapsible water jug
Small first aid kit
(This is my rain plan)
Plastic garbage bags
Extra pair shoes
2 bike shorts
1 wool top
3 pair socks (1 heavy)
Meals, snacks, cookware