General Notes for Camping on the Western Express
The camping in general has been fairly easy.
California has a number of campsites on the National Forest but I often found them to expensive and a little crowded. Americans have a strange idea of camping. A forty foot trailer with widescreen televisions and generators going on and off all day is now the rule rather than the exception. I feel like I'm sleeping in a parking lot in that environment.
If one is stealthy, just about anywhere will do. I camped a few nights on private land. Maybe not the best but my philosophy is: Out of sight, out of mind and it is often easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission. I was always very intentional about my chosen "free" camp spots.
Nevada was tough in spots because there simply are no trees and no services for long stretches. One needs to either be very prepared for sleeping in the sagebrush or travel the 60-80 mile stretches to the small but funky little towns that dot route 50 across Nevada.
Southern Utah of course boasts some of the best free camping I've experienced anywhere. I think Utah is about 60% public lands, much of it unfenced. Water is of course an issue but it is nowhere near as dry as Nevada. Althugh there are some long stretches with fw services, with careful planning and some kind of water purification there is no need to run out of water.