Hi! Welcome Home! Just wanted to give you a more complete story on the Permit issue. We have and are against permits; but due to increasing government decisions and rules trying to force the matter, we have signed a few; and have tried submitting 'operating plans' with some success. Here's a link to the history.
"I am surprised by how quiet this forum has become lately with no responses to your post. I would take a sleeping bag and tent as it is unlikely that you will find a place to spend the night. Not that many hitchhikers these days. Good luck!"