The Pedalshift Project 211: A Brompton Urban Stealth Overnight

With my proper trail bike in the shop but a real need to get out for an overnight, I turned to a C&O newbie… my trusty 12″ wheeled, very orange Brompton as my chariot to an urban(ish) stealth camping overnight. Would the trail chew up the Brompton? Would my orange gear prove too, well, orange for stealth camping? If you can’t get your adventure by the liter these days, may as well do it in sips…

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Pedalshift Tour Journals: A Brompton Urban Stealth Overnight

I won’t share details of where I was other than (a) it was accessed using the C&O trail, (b) to the best of my knowledge it was not on NPS property, (c) it was (barely) inside the Beltway a.k.a. I-495, the interstate that loops around my fair District plus suburban Maryland and northern Virginia, and (d) there were no “no trespassing” signs.
So, nobody saw me re-enter the trail and the ride back was uneventful. Sitting here now several days later I’m still really impressed at the Brompton and I don’t think I’ll underestimate its ability to handle a trail like that anymore. I’m also liking these quick overnights as mini sips of adventure… it’s not a good substitute to what I want, but it’s good enough. And that’s going to have to do.

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