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Christmas specials over get in for next year now ....

Got 20 friends and bikes we can get you there when you want

Touring USA on your own bike

This little story written in January 2007 by an American guy who's had plenty of experience.

Lots of things to consider. Personally, camping would be the choice for me. If inclement weather strikes, you can always get a motel room.
Camping costs are $8 - $15/night. It is hard to find a motel room under $40. In some locations during prime time (yes, August) you'll be lucky to find a motel room for under $80/night. If you happen to be in the Black Hills during the 2nd weekend of August, you'll be lucky to find a motel room for under $200/night.......due to the Sturgis Rally.

Consider the social aspect of camping. If you're traveling solo, you'll likely (at least occasionally) want to interact with others. With camping, there are no barriers to socializing. Everyone is outside.
Compare this with the walls of a motel room.

I always take my camping gear when I hit the highway. I don't camp every night, particularly if there are lightening/thunderstorms, very high winds, really cold temps, really hot temps, etc

Camping in the US has a wide range of amenities. Generally, the public campgrounds offer very little. There may be only an outhouse and a hand pump for water. There are many campgrounds a few miles from me that are operated by the National Forest. None of these have running water or electricity. Some of these may be exactly what you are looking for. Well off the beaten path, usually located on some pristine lake.
Private campgrounds also have a wide range of amenities. Nearly all of them have running water, flush toilets and a "mini store" on the premises. Many have swimming pools, whirlpools, a laundry room, a restaurant/bar, wireless internet service and the like.

Use this as a rule of thumb. Generally, the biggest campgrounds with the best facilities are located fairly close to major highways. The very scenic off the beaten path campgrounds are usually more basic in their offerings.

I really enjoy the KOA campgrounds www.koa.com as most of them have the very best of facilities. Check them out online & get one of there free campground directories.

Unfortunately, tent camping is becoming less and less popular in the US. Most campgrounds actively seek RV business moreso than tent campers. All campgrounds in this area rent out RV & pull behind trailer spots for the season. That way, they don't have to rely on the ups & downs of weather/etc to establish a good business base of income.
Just a few miles from me, a campground that has been in business for 50+ years shut there doors. They were located on some very valuable lakefront property. The campground owners walked away with $6,000,000 and the place was developed into high end condos.

I say tent camp.......while you still can! There will always be motel rooms.

It will be less expensive, you'll interact with many more people, and it will be more fun.

 

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