Where to sleep

There are a lot of options when it comes to finding a place to sleep after a day on the bicycle. On a tour you will probably use a combination of these strategies:

campgrounds

campgrounds

Campgrounds - Found on public land and at private facilities. 16-20$
Public Land

Public Land

Public Land - National Forest and BLM land allows free dispersed camping.
hike and bike

hike and bike

Hike and Bike - many state parks ofter sites that are strictly for hikers and bikers, at 2-5$ a night.
guerrilla camping

guerrilla camping

Guerrilla Camping - Bikes hide easily, just be careful.
invitations from strangers

invitations from strangers

Invitations from strangers - People often open homes or back yards to tourers. The only way to do this is to be friendly and talk with people you meet.
warmshowers

warmshowers

CouchSurfing/warmshowers - online resources. Warmshowers- a hospitality site for bike tourers. This is a great way to meet other cyclists (and stay at their house) in cities. When you are not bike touring, sign up to host cyclists. An awesome resource! CouchSurfing- A site connecting, not just bike travelers, but all travelers.
Resting at a motel.  We wasted no time unpacking.

motels

Motels - expensive, but nice if you need a break or don’t like to carry weight.