Solo & Budget - Travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles (bus and camping?)
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Jan 25, 2013 8:38 PM Last Post By: max_mexico
Jan 24, 2013 5:23 AM
15As Max said the main issue is that I have so many unknown factors and variables that I can hardly predict where I'll be the next day, so it makes it hard to reserve campgrounds, couchsurfing or hostels. I may big exhausted after a long walk and a bit down so I may want to stay 2 nights somewhere (park or city). This is why wild camping was much easier as it allows me much more flexibility.
I read somewhere that backpackers can also ask the cops/police/whatever it's called there for some spot and they usually help and even ask you where you'll be to make sure it goes ok for your safety. True or legend?
Jan 24, 2013 5:52 AM
Jan 24, 2013 6:05 AM
If you need help finding a location, try the local visitor's center. Can't guarantee that will be as helpful as you'd like, however.
Jan 24, 2013 8:43 AM
18I've bicycled & camped several times form San Jose to San Luis Obispo on Hwy.1 . While most people ride North to South there are always riders going the other direction.It is a grand ride and there is lot's of information about the route and accomodations online. Have a great trip ! You can combine bikes and public transportation easily on the West Coast.
Jan 24, 2013 9:30 AM
19Lazhar, in smaller towns I think you might be right. If you approach the police and are polite and have a good non-vagrant story, I think there's a decent chance they will help you out. I met a crazy Korean guy in Mt Shasta, California once. While everyone else climbed the mountain with serious winter gear and crampons, this guy climbed it in jeans and sneakers. The night before the climb there was very bad weather with heavy rain. This guy claimed that he had walked to Mt Shasta police station and they had helped him find a dry spot to spend the night.
Jan 25, 2013 5:47 AM
Jan 25, 2013 8:38 PM
Well, the police station is located in the town, not the mountain. The town had a low of around ~50°F that night. Big Sur is typically colder than that in April. What I think it comes down to is the story you present and how you appear. If you for example appear as a backpacker who had a plan but hit some bad luck, I think you may get some sympathy, be it from police or from someone with a backyard. (This is so much easier in developing countries, but it's not impossible even in xenophobic USA.)
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