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Knock on Door Request option

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Knock on Door Request option

In one's profile section one can select various things to offer as a host (bed, food, laundry, etc.). I would love to see a box for 'Knock on Door Request Accepted'. While cycling, one wouldn't have to do as precise of planning and be beholden to a schedule. A cyclist could knock on the front door of an accepting host (who has selected this as a preference). It would free up the touring cyclist to stop short of a host if too tired to continue or continue on past a host if feeling energetic.

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And if there is nobody to host you at the end of the day?

Most WS-members will recognize this situation.
Asking the locals and/or the police always helped us out. People are so amazing friendly/helpful usually.

Annelies and I used these possibillities at our trips when we couldn't find a (dry) place.
Maybe other members can complete this list with creative solutions.
(NOT mentioned here "wild camping in nature" , because this so common.)

We ever stayed overnight in Europe:
--a farm house(Germany)
--in a stable (Lithuania)
--in a covered busstop (Estonia)
--in a (not locked) showmodel of a garden shed (Poland)
--at a small airfield (Lomakha, Russia)
--in a fisherman's house (Latvia)
--in a MOR, a covered cycle point (East-Poland, looks like busstop)

In USA and Canada we stayed in:
--a deserted open home (there are a lot!)
--a car dealers garage
--a manege
--private bedrooms ( invited by village locals, because "there was no campground")
--a ladies bathroom at an empty campground to escape a tornado (MO)
--next to a gasstation under a carport (there was a truckdriver shower too) (MT)
--cityparks in general.(Mostly 24/7 open bathrooms, sometimes a covered place for music performances)
--cityparks where staying overnight was prohibited. (Several times).As foreign cyclists, we explained our problem to the local police. The officers always gave permission.
-- fairfields (always a dry roof, mostly unlocked bathrooms, often a shower)
--a huge, 6 feet (!) wide, dry concrete pipe underneath the road, connecting desert dry canals in WA-state.
--in the prison (really!) of a local police station, small village, Wyoming.
--church members, especially in smaller communities. The "Good Samaritan idea" easily provides you a roof over your head.

Brasil, Argentine, Uruguay
--a bedroom for one night in a factory workers home along Lagos dos Patos
--a mobile home under construction

Panama, Costa Rica:
--two times invited by locals to sleep in their bedrooms

When we were helped out, we always offered the locals some payment for their unexpected generosity.
However, most of them rejected any of that kind.

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