Tag Archives: wild camping

5 Tips for Better Tent Sleeping

REI Quarter Dome Tent with no rainfly

We’ve all been there. You’re exhausted, it’s been a long day on the bike. You even managed to find a quiet place to pitch your tent. It’s not too hot, not too cold. You’ve seemingly got everything you need for a good night’s sleep. So why are you still awake? In my experience, sleeping well can […]

Bicycle Touring in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Bicycle Touring in the Anza-Borrego Desert Sculpture Map and GPS route

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in all of California – and an excellent location for a bicycle touring adventure! Cyclists from all around the world come to Anza-Borrego to discover the wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and incredible desert scenery. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll come to the Anza-Borrego Desert […]

Cycling to the North Cape in Nordkapp, Norway

Darren Alff kneeling next to his Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1 tent and Co-Motion Cycles Siskiyou touring bicycle in Sweden

During the summer of 2017, I flew from Los Angeles, California (in the United States) to Umeå, Sweden (in northern Europe) and began cycling to the North Cape in Nordkapp, Norway. Along the way, I passed through three different Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland and Norway), camped in my tent each and every night of the […]

Cycling The Transfagarasan Highway: My Bike Tour Across Romania, Serbia and Bosnia

After two full months in Brasov, Romania, I packed up my things, loaded up my Co-Motion touring bicycle, and hit the road on the next major leg of my 2015 bicycle tour across Europe. This particular leg of the journey would take me more than 800 kilometers – from Brasov, Romania (in the east) to […]

This Young Woman Says Finland Is A Safe And Enjoyable Cycling Location For Female Travelers

Several months ago I received an email from a woman named Heidi Nunnemacher… and this is what it said: Dear Darren, My heart skipped a beat when I read in your email this morning that you are planning on touring in Finland this year. I’ve been meaning to email you for the past six months […]

Are You Afraid Of Camping?

If you’re afraid of camping, that’s okay. I understand. I’ve been bicycle touring around the world since 2001 and I’ve now spent several years of my life camping in a tent. But even after all these years, I still get a little nervous about camping sometimes. If you’ve never camped before (or have done very […]

50 Stealth Camping Super Tips

Stealth camping is the act of secretly camping in a public or private area (sometimes legally – sometimes illegally) and moving on the next morning without being detected. Stealth camping is an excellent way to not only find free places to camp, but is also a great way to discover excellent campground locations, get a […]

Camping In Transylvania

After cycling from Pitesti to Campulung, Romania, I stocked up on food and water and then headed north towards lake Rausor on highway 734 through Leresti. This long, gradual uphill climb took a lot longer to get through than I thought it would and as the sky grew dark I feared I might not be […]

Wild Camping In The Wilds Of Turkey

I spent my first five nights on the road stealth camping in the wilds of northern Turkey. This particular campsite was one of my favorites because it was located off a small road situated directly above the main highway I had been cycling on all day. The small gravel road used to be the main […]

Turkish Sunset – Video From The Road

During my last night in Turkey, I camped on a abandoned hillside covered in trees and before going to sleep climbed up to the top of the rock-covered mountain nearby to watch the sky turn orange as the sun set far off in the distance.

Darren Travels Through Turkey By Bike

My second night of bicycle touring from Istanbul, Turkey to Varna, Bulgaria was spent camping in this high grass wild area north of Suba??, Turkey. Before setting up my camp in the bushes and settling down for the night, however, I stopped for a moment to take these photos of me and my bike.

Stealth Camping Camoflauge

After cycling out of Istanbul, I spent only a few more hours on the road before pushing my bike off into the bushes, climbing a steep hill and setting up my tent in a thick mess of trees, bushes and vines. At around 2 AM I woke up and realized I had a terribly high […]