In Praise of the S24O
I'm busy. You're busy. We're all busy, but we all need to recharge the batteries once in a while. As the owner of a small independant bike shop, I spend a lot of time with bikes, selling them, fixing them, ordering stock, parts and accessories for them, talking to people about them. What I don't do nearly enough of is ride them, especially the week long trips I love the most. Luckily, Lakeview may be the ultimate starting point for S24O riding. What, you may be asking, is S24O? A sub-24 hour overnight trip. The basic premise is pack your bike for an overnight camping trip and leave after finishing the final day of your work week. Have a goal selected that is a reasonable ride, camp out, and ride back the next day, either back track your route to the campsite or find a longer, or at least different, way back home.
The S24O doesn't take a lot of gear, if you eat dinner before you leave and can deal with a cold breakfast it can be done with no cooking gear, and if the weather and destination are amenable, sleeping under the stars eliminates the need for a tent. Because of this, it can also be a great way to dip your toe in the water of bicycle touring and camping, no special bike is required either. A simple, fair-weather S24O could be done with a bike basket and a daypack, or once you have decided this is a good thing, bikepacking bags can turn any bicycle in to a touring bike.
A quick count on the map spread out on the counter beside me shows ten campgrounds within range for a after work ride, some on paved roads, some on more adventurous routes. Watch the Tall Town Bike & Camp Facebook page, I'll let you know when I'm heading out, I'm always open for company on a ride!