2013 Sound RIDER! cabin fever challenge
Spontaneous combustion for the venturing rider
You enjoy riding your motorcycle all summer long, hitting the
road on those sunny days. There’s nothing like it. Then winter shows
up. You’d still like to get out, but to do what? Ride, of course.
Your favorite back roads are even better when no one else is riding
them. And no matter where you live, those sunny days do make an
appearance here and there, even in winter. With the right planning,
you can enjoy a little spontaneous combustion and join the wall that
will soon fill with the names of those who have taken up the Cabin
Photo: The cabin shown above sports an awesome
bay view and has its own restroom & shower inside, just like a motel room.
From the Winter Solstice (12/21/12) to the Spring Equinox
(3/19/13), watch the weather report. When a few days of sunshine
appear, change your plans and book a cabin at any state park in the
United States. While you’re there, take in a little ‘me’ time, or
enjoy time with a few friends who have agreed to play along. When
you get home, send us a few pics and a copy of your reservation
confirmation. Just for that we’ll send you a Cabin Fever Challenge
Certificate you can frame and claim all your own. Say what? You
enjoyed it? We think you will, so watch the weather again and hit a
few more before the equinox. Anyone who books two or more cabin
stays during the three month period will be entered to win a $100
gift certificate to Gerbing’s Heated Clothing. Additional prizes
will be awarded based on uniqueness such as most bookings, farthest
booking from Seattle and so on.
Cabin camping is a much simpler way for riders to tour than tent
camping, especially in the winter. In the winter, cabin touring by motorcycle is much more doable on a whim, rather than attempting to
book in the spring, summer and early fall, when availabilities
are tough to come by. A rider can easily book into a cabin, yurt or
platform tent (all acceptable) with short notice, although most
reservation systems want you to book at least a day in advance. Some
amenities may include a kitchenette, microwave and a fridge. Nearly
all are heated. All facilities have bathrooms and showers within the
state park, and a select few have them right in the cabin. Some you
can cook in, others you have to cook outside on a provided
picnic table. Most Northwest state parks with such rentals
are open all year. This does vary state by state.
Begin by consulting the state park website for your state. Be
patient, the navigation isn’t always as intuitive as we’d like to
see. Read about where the cabins, yurt and platform tent rentals
are. Learn about the amenities for each, then book your
cabin and go. On the rental sites, again you may need to be a little
patient navigating your way through the process the first time.
Special note if you’re booking in Washington, a Discover Pass is NOT
required for an overnight rental. Yea!
The contest is open to riders all across America and it’s free to
play. There will be two gift certificates. One for Northwest players
and one for players outside of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Only
bookings within state parks will be accepted. Players may stay in a
cabin, yurt or platform tent.
To play simply email a copy of your reservation confirmation,
photos and story about your night at the cabin to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your name will then be added to a list of all the players on a
special page that will be linked to the home page of Sound RIDER!
Certificates will be produced and mailed out by 4/15/13. Additional
winners will be named in the April issue of Sound RIDER!
No bears, no mosquitoes, no crowds. See you on the road – SOON!
If you’ve never cabin toured on a motorcycle in the winter, we’ve
created several lists and stories along with a few links that will
assist you with preparation. See below.
Washington State Parks
Oregon State Parks
Idaho State Parks
For other state parks, use a search engine typing in the state and
state parks. Be certain you get the state site, not an imposter site
Things to do while you’re cabin touring:
Ride your favorite roads or discover new ones
Enjoy a sunny day during winter
Pretend you’re running away from home for one night
Watch a movie on your laptop or tablet
Write a story about your adventure
Enjoy eating simple
Spend some winter time with friends outside your man cave
Bring a camera and get some nice photos
Clean out your email folder
Bring a rod and reel and do some steelhead fishing
Search for bald eagles at the river’s edge
Catch a smoldering sunset, in the late afternoon
Shoot the breeze with friends
Author's note. This article was written inside Cabin C1, at
Kitsap Memorial State Park in Washington state along the Hood Canal
Sunday afternoon, November 25, 2012. The other three
cabins in the park were vacant that night. Happy hour ensued at 5
pm, dinner was at 6 pm and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows was the night’s
entertainment. This article was written, and the movie enjoyed -
using a Microsoft Surface tablet.