Luci and I are prepping for our first S24O on Friday.
The idea is that bike touring takes a lot of time and planning, but that using your bike to go camping doesn’t.
“I don’t go bike touring per se, I go bike camping. Specifically, I go on something I call “sub–24-hour overnights,” or S24O, for short. It’s pronounced “ESTwo-Four-Oh,” and by definition it has to last less than a full day, doorstep to doorstep.
The shortness is key,and the concept is simple: You leave in the afternoon or evening in time to get to your camp while there’s still enough light to set up the tent. Then you cook, eat, talk, go to bed, and ride home the next morning.
The ones my friends and I go on last about fifteen hours. The S24O is the closest you can come to touring when you can’t actually tour, and rather than thinking of it as a poor substitute, think of it as a mini-tour that’s about a hundred times easier to plan for, commit to, and just do.”
I am a planner however and am planning many of the details. Perhaps this is because the plan is the only thing I can control given that I am take a three-year-old with me.
We’ll ride from our house in midtown to Catalina State Park, which is about 13 miles from our door to the camp ground.
We chose Catalina State Park because it’s close and has lots of stores nearby in case something goes wrong or we forget something. The biggest downside however is that they don’t allow fires in the campground.
I have a dilemma about the route. I considered taking Christie Drive north past Ina Road and cutting over to Oracle Road on Magee, but it is pretty steep and on a loaded bakfiets, it seems daunting.
- Alps Mountaineering Chaos 2 person tent and foot print
- Mike’s REI sleeping bag
- Luci’s Kelty Woobie
- Thermarest pillow
- Big Agnes air pillow
- Extra Blanket
- Big Agnes sleeping pad
- Thermarest Sleeping pad
- Primus Express Stove & Fuel
- Cooking Pots
- Flat plate/bowls
- Luci’s camp chair
- Black Diamond Mini Lantern
- Head Lamps
- Pajamas, jackets, beanies and etc…
- Hot Chocolate
Misc & Electronics