The (Stealth) Sleeping Situation

A Morning Mist Outside My Camp

A Morning Mist Outside My Camp

ANDERSON, SC—I’m trying Ringo, I’m trying real hard, but I’m not happy with the sleeping situation. I know it takes getting used to—especially for a light sleeper—but stealth sleeping sucks.

You know how it is, some mysterious noise wakes you up in the middle of the night, your mind all befuddled? Well, when you know you are doing something semi-illegal, it’s worse: “What was THAT? Is it a cop? Is it robbers?”

The mind is a terrible thing to have.

Since I’ve re-hit the road, I’ve slept in a hotel parking lot, a rest stop, and (now) two Corp of Engineers boat ramp parking lots.

I originally wrote this post last night, at a boat ramp outside a federally closed COE campground, but there was no Verizon signal so I had to wait until I moved on earlier today to upload it.

While I was writing this post last night—a post on how difficult it is to sleep stealthily with a mind that keeps telling you that something is going to go horribly wrong—I finally said to this freaking brain of mine, “Enough! I’m not going to listen to your damn, dark and dreadful fantasies unless someone physically knocks on my window.”

Kind of a mental red-line. Don’t worry about noises “out there” unless someone (or something) comes a-knockin’.

Though I didn’t sleep “the sleep of kings” last night, I slept better than I have been.

I’m not perfect, but I’m trying Ringo, I’m trying real hard to get this damn mind to shut up and let me get some Z’s.

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5 thoughts on “The (Stealth) Sleeping Situation

  1. Hi Wayne,
    It’s nice to see you are on the road again, and I know what you mean about sleeping in random places. In my twenties I spent some time in a VW van in San Francisco (with a new husband). It’s quite an experience and I was amazingly oblivious at the time, but somehow it was fun. We were asked to move on only once– too upscale a neighborhood– but the cop was very nice. Spiritually speaking, van life offers two things which were advised to me by one famous teacher… Simplicity and humility… You get them in abundance while living in a van. So that’s where I still like to take my retreats from time to time… only now I prefer the desert or mountains.

    Happy travels, and maybe try earplugs…

  2. Greetings Wayne,
    Back in the early 1980’s i converted a chevy hi-cube delivery van to a stealth camper. Total stock & unmarked outside. Skylight, and all the trimmings inside. LOVED IT. Lived full time in it for nearly 18 months while running a record shop in San Francisco. The ONE incident i had took place when a car of teens drove up to the rig ~midnight on a weekend and took the gas cap and drove off. I’m thinking it was some sort of club initiation. I just laughed it off.

    You are correct in that the mind can keep you up at night wondering if its ok to do what you do… (especially those of us who like to toe the line and obey the laws)

    Best wishes in your travels. My wife and i enjoy your many books and writings!

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