A bike trip to the Pine Barrens, 12/29-30
Turns out I wasn't the only HF member out there the night of the 29th! I took my new Surly Troll out for its first night of bike camping and had some fun riding around the woods, although about 40% of the dirt roads are actually sand - fatbike terrain, too much even for the Troll. I ended up camping near Goshen Pond, a little ways away from those guys. Got a warning for camping without a permit, although it was more for the campsite being closed since when I asked the ranger where I could get a permit he told me it was "no big deal."
The puddles left after the recent rain made biking even tougher - lots of getting off and walking - and although I tried picking out trails that were covered in pine needles, pretty much every path alternated between rideable and not.
I was warm enough in the low 30s weather at night, but my eternal problem of cold feet persisted no matter how warm my core was. I need to find a solution for that...I did get to hang up my Wilderness Logics tarp, a Christmas present from Mom (thanks Mom!) which was nice.
Some pictures for your enjoyment.
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i...0of%2012/7.jpg My campsite.
The Skeeter Beeter and WL Tad Pole in action. Bugnet deployed in hopes of trapping an extra degree or so of heat - plus I just kind of like having something surrounding me.
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/i...of%2012/10.jpg The Troll on a sandy path.
Bonus picture - I threw a New Year's Eve party and a few friends slept over. We went down to recover from our hangovers behind the Art Museum in Fairmount Park and I took two Skeeter Beeters to let them try.