Search for a Tarp Continues
When tramping I often rig up a tarp to use as a tent. I find that this is a lighter, cheaper, and almost as effective way to carry your shelter upon your back. I simply put rope through the tarp’s eyelets and tie up one half of it to two trees, a fence, or and tie-able vertical supports, and then pull it out so that it looks like half of a roof and put rocks down on the opposing corners. It this way I give myself a lean-to shelter that I can snuggle up into. This really works, and I have remained dry many times I the rain under tarps.
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in Hondonin, Moravia, Czech Republic- July 1, 2008
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Tarps also have the added benefit of being disposable when you reach a stretch of traveling where you know that you will not be camping often. I find this to be very effective, as I do not like carting around travel gear that I do not use regularly. The best part is that tarps are cheap enough to be semi-disposable, as they often only cost around three to four dollars in any country.
But I am a week into my bicycle journey and I still have neither a tarp nor a tent of any kind. I packed a tarp with me to the Czech Republic, but ditched it at the airport in Prague when I was trying to trim down the bulk of my bags. My thoughts then were that I was going to step out of the airport and board a train for Turkey; I had no idea that I would find myself in the Czech Republic a month later riding a bicycle. I also figured that if I was in for a round of camping that I would just walk into the nearest Czech hardware store, shed a few dollars and walk out with a tarp.
This was a big misassumption.
Since the day that I conceived the bicycle journey to Turkey, I have been scouring every hardware, home, and grocery store in the Czech Republic for a tarp. I have not yet found one. I am beginning to conclude that the Czech Republic is a tarp-less land.
I still face the long Road ahead without shelter.
Previous Travelogue Entries:
Private Room in Czech Republic
Camping on the Sly in a Wheat Field
Photos from Prague Czech Republic
Czech Republic Bike Trails
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