Just imagine... you're having a great ride deep in the backwoods with nothing but yourself and the sounds of your tires on dirt and birds chirping, miles away from civilization. Just as you're enjoying the ride, the urge strikes and nothing is going to hold it back. Maybe you had a few too many tacos the night before or forgot to take the pre-ride dump, either way you need to get yourself out of the woods without toasting your riding shorts. If you're a rugged bushman you won't be a stranger to the bush dump, but some people are shy about having a crap in the woods and need some inspiration. Here are a few good tips for the "Bush Dump" that I've learned on my own, and with some guidance from dad in my younger years (he is the bush dump master).
Location, Location, Location
You need to scout out some good terrain for your bush crap. The best areas are flat and open with soil that can be easily dug. Keep away from the trail and any water source by at least a few hundred feet. Make sure the area is clear of nasty things like poison ivy. Watch out for signs that others have used the same spot for their bush dumps, they are usually marked by a stick pointing out of the ground or a set of sticks in a cross, this is common bush etiquette.
Dig it out
Time to dig your hole. Luckily the typical stiff soles of cycling shoes make digging a hole nice and easy. Dig down about six inches and large enough for your deposit. You're not digging to China here, just taking a dump.
I'm a fan of the good old fashioned squat. Some people will hang onto a tree or sit over a log, even hold hands with a dump buddy (if thats your thing), but the squat can't be beat. Every other animal out in the bush does the squat, you should too.
Keep it Clean
Good thing you're like me and packed a flattened out roll of toilet paper in your hydration pack. If you're a racer type and skip the TP in the name of weight savings, you're going to have a bad day. Look for an inviting leaf or pinecone, even birtch bark will work in a pinch (haha, pun) and get you feeling closer to nature. If you have a sensitive posterior like some of the lycra-clad XC geeks, you are going to be riding out with one sock. Refill your hole and burn the TP (be careful, only you can prevent forest fires). No lighter? Start rubbing sticks together or stuff your pockets, don't leave your TP out there to float in the breeze. Mark your hole with sticks as mentioned earlier.
There you have it. Now you hold the knowledge and can escape a back country bush dump without making your favourite riding outfit look like a 9-month-old's onesie after eating three servings of beans. Follow these simple rules and leave no trace, don't be the asshole that shits in the woods and leaves it like a dick for someone else to stumble into.
When you gotta go you gotta go.
The camper is all finished with repairs / renovations. She isn't perfect but its a camper and will see alot of wear and tear. It felt like it took forever to do all the work but was so worth it to get it out camping. This little camper is going to get some miles on her this summer, lots of camping plans ahead of us.
Our repair / reno work consisted of:
She is also equipped with some neat extras now like a TV / DVD setup (for the kids at bedtime), and microwave. My little truck pulls it nicely and we have room inside to spare.
It was nice to get out over the weekend and take things easy. Lots of relaxing, enjoying campfires, eating outdoors, a bit of mountain biking...... everything that is great about camping. A summer of adventure awaits!
Work on the mobile cottage has continued and things are looking good. I'm an entire month behind from when I wanted it done, but it will be finished before our first camping trip.
I've added the flooring, painted the cabinets, installed a new mini bar fridge, sealed the canvas, and even made a built in shitter for the kids. Watch for Part 3 soon when it all comes together nicely and hits the open road.
One thing that I like almost as much as cycling is camping. My parents took me and my brother along on yearly camping trips from a very young age, always bringing our bikes along to the campground. We would adventure around the campground and explore new territory, eat outdoors, and listen to campfire stories from my dad such as the now famous "Bakus Boys" (which, if I remember correctly, were four mean dudes on two motorcycles with sidecars, one with no arms, one with no legs, one with no hands, and one with no head, who would terrorize any kids out past dark in the campground). In later years when we abandoned Bakus Mill in favour of Port Burwell, the story evolved into the "Burwell Bitches". You get the idea.
I've loved camping ever since and want my kids to have the same outdoor experiences. We tented it last year for a weekend and it became clear that if I wanted to get the wife and kids out a handful of times over the year that I would need the convenience of a tent trailer, hence the purchase of my most recent project "Roughin' It", a 1996 Rockwood Freedom tent trailer. It needs some work, some cleaning, and some freshening up, but overall is a tight package that should serve us well. It features a queen bed at one end, a double at the other, 3-way fridge, propane furnace, bike / canoe rack, and running water.
I've already removed the curtains, cushion covers, and mattress covers for a stain removal / deep clean as they are in good enough shape to keep. All the windows and canvas are in good shape and just need a hard scrubbing. A few zippers are giving me a hard time but I'm going to wax them up to get them running smooth again.
The first major repair is fixing the rotten section of floor. Seems it had a water problem and rotted an area just inside the door. I cut back the floor into the good material and installed plywood to replace the bad section, bracing the joint with studs bolted to the trailer frame.
Next on the to-do list is paint the cabinets and lay down some nice flooring. I also need to test out the propane system and see if I can't get the fridge working (might be toast). Stay tuned for more "Roughin' It" project coverage.....
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.