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I bought a cheap lightweight tent and sleeping bag so that I could go camping by bike, last night I headed out on my own to spend the night terrified and alone in a field. I left a bit late, about 20:15, I’ll go earlier next time.

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The Gower Peninsular is full to the brim with great spots to camp, I bungeed the tent and sleeping bag to my Fairdale Weekender and half filled my BIGxTOP Daysack with essentials such as my Swiss Army Knife, binoculars, GPS, pop and crisps.

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The sun was going down pretty fast but I remained calm.

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I locked up my bike at Ambition is Pitiful‘s grans house and headed out over the fields in search of a suitable spot to pitch up my tent.

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I really struggled to find somewhere, I couldn’t find a flat area and the sun was going down faster than the speed of light.

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Someone else had clearly been here recently but it was literally feet from the path so despite the awesome view I decided against it because I was on my own and didn’t want to be murdered.

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From the spot above I looked back and could see a flat looking field so I headed back and managed to find a way through all the brambles and hoped over the fence. I set up the tent by head torch light, it definitely took longer than the ten minutes stated on the instructions!

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I climbed in, took off my shoes and wondered what I was supposed to do with myself now.

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I stared at my ice cold can of pop for ages, I knew that if I drank it I would need a pee and if I needed a pee I would need to leave the tent which would almost certainly result in an immediate mauling by a ferocious badger. In the end I couldn’t stop thinking about it and had to get it down my neck.

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I checked the sunrise time on my Garmin Etrex 20 and set my phone alarm so that I wouldn’t miss it.

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As expected the more I thought about needing a pee the more I needed a pee and had to take my life into my own hands and ventured out, I was shitting myself, pun intended.

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This slug was climbing up the inside of the outersheet of the tent, it was having a great time kissing it’s own ass. There was also a fly that walked sideways like a crab, a bird of prey over head, countless moths divebombing the tent and either a wolf or a mouse scratching at my groundsheet.

I managed a good 10 seconds sleep through the night, at 5am I decided it was time to get up, I unzipped, popped my head out and was greeted with glorious cloud and not much else.

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It was a pretty cool spot, it would’ve been better if I hadn’t spent all night with a rock sticking in my spine and the constant wait for a farmers shotgun to be stuck in my mouth.

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I set up near to some bushes and stuff, for ‘protection’.

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You can see the sea off in the distance.

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I packed up and was happy that I’d left minimal traces of my sleepless night of terror.

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I walked up and down the field trying to find my way back over the fence and onto the path.

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Eventually I found it, as you can see the whole area was really overgrown!

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I was back on the path by 5:30 and enjoying the sound of the waves and birds.

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I put trousers and long sleeves on for the first time in weeks to aid my brambling (it’s like rambling but through brambles).

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Some animal (or alien ship) had spent the night here and left a lovely little poop in the middle when it left.

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The grass was over head hight!

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Ahhhhhh, back to civilisation, I wasn’t killed!

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I hopped back on the bike and made my way through the quiet streets. Look how small the bike looks! Weeeeeird.

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So there we go, solo wild camping by bike on The Gower, DONE.