It has been a cold and wet April, not ideal camping weather. Because of my schedule when an opportunity to camp comes up I have to seize it. Despite the weather, it was nice to get out and enjoy nature. I cook some pub burgers using homemade beer cheese spread for supper, I try another Backpacker's Pantry freeze-dried meal, and charbroil a homemade hot pocket.
Day One: Cold and Sick
I was sick during this trip, so I was hitting the tea pretty hard. Not sure if tea actually helps, but I believe it does so it must. The freeze-dried meal I tried was Mountain House Hawaiian Style Rice with Chicken and it tasted great. My only complaint is I wished I would have used less water. Freeze dried meals are very convenient; they are lightweight and easy to make. The tradeoff is they are pricey.
For dinner, I made Pub Burgers. The burgers are 50% beef and 50% pork, nothing exotic. The true magic of this burger is the beer cheese spread. I used my normal recipe but added 1 jalapeno. (Click here for more cheese spread recipe)
My beverage of choice for the evening was Breckenridge Agave Wheat. Normally I stick to stouts, porters, and Scottish; the Agave was an impulse buy. It's a sweet crisp beer probably best enjoyed in the summer. I'm a big fan of Breckenridge, in fact, I have maneuvered this year's family vacation to include a visit to the Breckenridge Brewery. While throwing back those wheat ales I also smoked a Gurhka Beuty. I'm far from a cigar expert, but I know what I like and I have had better cigars for half the price. It could easily have been my sickness effecting my taste, so I suppose it may be worth smoking one again.
The temperature only got colder throughout the night. I don't ever winter camp and I have very little cold weather gear (or snivel gear for those 11Bs and 19Ds out there). There was more than one time I contemplated calling my wife to come get.
Day Two: Wet
I didn't sleep much during the night. I was less than excited to hear the rain coming down. I eventually convinced myself that my need for coffee was greater than my need to stay dry. I made some instant coffee by Black Rifle Coffee. Since becoming a coffee snob a few years ago I would not normally have instant coffee, but Black Rifle makes good stuff and the instant coffee did not disappoint.
After a couple cups of coffee, I had a simple breakfast of bacon and eggs. For some reason, I wanted to stay until lunch. It did warm up a little as the day went on, it also continued to rain a little as the day went on. For lunch, I heated up a homemade hot pocket. I marinated some chicken in beer then grilled and shredded it. The bbq sauce was homemade and used ketchup and beer as the base. I mixed the chicken and sauce together then carefully made pockets with some Pillsbury pie crust. The homemade hot pocket tasted good even after I charred it.
My afternoon cigar was a Schizo by Asylum. I enjoyed it much more than the previous days Gurkha. The Schizo is 1/3 the cost of the Gurkha Beuty.
I replaced my inner tubes on the trailer wheels with solid rubber ones. I like not having to worry about a flat on the trailer and I no longer have to carry tubes for those tires. The tires do no feel slightly deflated and add drag. I think the trade off is worth it, but I would not replace my bike tubes with the rubber inserts.
If you bike camp with a trailer in cold weather I suggest using it as a heat reflector. Just remember to take the wheels off. Another quick tip, if you do not have a conceal permit (or just don't like to pack heat while camping) grab yourself a good pepper spray. For camping I use a Kimber Pepper Blaster II. I have had to many close calls with dogs not to carry some kind of protection.
Overall it was a good trip, still I prefer warmer weather.