So last week after an unusually stressful few days at work, I rushed home early on a Friday afternoon and grabbed my touring bike off the rack to head over to Box Dog for their overnight camping trip. A few staff members greeted me with the usual friendly hello but gave me a funny look as I rolled in with my full touring gear. I suddenly realized in my overzealousness, I had mistakenly believed the trip was scheduled for Friday evening when it was actually planned for a Saturday evening. Whoops!
Fast forward to the actual departure time on Saturday evening, a small group of us gathered and headed to Haypress Campground. This was my first camping trip with my newly installed Wald 137 front basket zip tied to my Nitto Campee front rack. It was pretty awesome being able to load a bag of burritos and some other camping stuff directly into the basket and secure it with a cargo net.
Before leaving the city, we made a quick stop to the liquor store to pick up some thirst quenchers for the evening and a couple bags of Fritos (more on this later). It was a bit windier than usual when crossing the Golden Gate Bridge but the fifteen miles to the campground was pretty uneventful and mellow. I’ve been on the Mill Valley-Sausalito bike path a bajillion times but it was cool to discover that a short deviation from the path would lead to some awesome campground action.
We arrived at the campground just before sunset and were surrounded by a thin layer of fog and mist. After quickly setting up our campsite, we started prepping the food. The menu for dinner was a South Western regional specialty known as Frito Pie. Throw in some chili, black beans, and a can of corn, and you essentially have a Frito Pie stew going. You add Fritos to the bottom of your bowl or cup and spoon on the stew concoction, and then add in whatever toppings you want (we had green onions, cheese and some chorizo). This turned out to be seriously good eats, and I love short camping trips because you can bling out your meals.
Afterwards some people went down to the beach and others stayed by the camp and made some hot toddies. As the night winded down, I realized I had lost track of time. Only after glancing at my phone did I realize I was all tuckered out and ready to be in bed by 11:00pm.
The next morning, we woke up and prepped a quick breakfast of oatmeal and a few rounds of coffee. Trash was gathered and packing ensued, and just like that we were already heading back to the city.
We left on a Saturday evening at 6:00pm and were back in the city at noon on Sunday. I know Rivendell pioneered the S240 but I believe Box Dog Bikes may be onto something with their inadvertent S180.
Sometimes I get sick of hearing/reading all the silly stereotypes about the Bay Area and it’s nice to get away from the city and remove yourself from that cliché narrative. Although, I realize I am probably just creating a new narrative (hipster goes bike camping, reflects on life, feels redeemed, before returning to his apartment in “trendy” neighborhood) that will probably be replicated by some magazine or publication (I’ve got my eye on you Vice and The Bold Italic).