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How do you know where to stay?

This question frequently went through other folks’ minds when they inquired whether or not we stayed in motels every night. Our typical response was, “well, we mostly sleep on people’s lawns with our tent.” If we get lucky enough, sometimes they let us use their bathroom and if we get really lucky, they let us use their guest room that 360 days of the year remains unoccupied.

First, lights on. Second, green grass. (We have NEVER been turned down in 71 days)

When in Gunnison, we realized the importance of asking about dogs. These nice young women let us set up our tent in the corner of their yard, forgetting to tell us that the dog sleeps on their side yard, next to the fence. He starts to bark, he continues to bark as we venture to McDonalds to brush our teeth. He is still barking upon return, and for the next 30 minutes. We finally decide to investigate the surrounding yards and find the Fairgrounds across the street. Luckily, they had not yet locked the gates, so we simply picked up our tent and walked it across the street. The groundskeeper came over later and asked what we were doing and we told him about the bike trip. Best part of the story:  he let us stay and only after he left, we realized that he had seen us walking our tent across the street and must have thought…wow, nothing like this has ever happened at the Gunnison Fairgrounds!

Almost the most important question that, even after we conquered, we still were beaten: do you have any sprinklers? Getting rained on is one thing; having H2O spraying directly at your tent, underneath the rain tarp, on a hot, cloudless night, is another. After we learned that the only lawns in the desert that exist, exist because of the fake, nutrient-laden water, we decided to ask about the water and if so, maybe turn it off for the night. Note to reader: make sure your host knows how to turn the sprinklers off. (no hard feelings Steve, we didn’t get that wet!).

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