Saturday, August 6, 2011

This Is the Day...

We've been talking about doing something like this for a while, and now we finally are! Didn't want to write about it earlier lest I jinx it; details to follow. Have a good weekend!

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  1. This looks somewhat like a picture from a fifty
    year old Mel Pinto catalog.

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  2. ooh- I'm jealous-
    Hope it goes wonderfully, and that you have a lovely trip on your lovely bicycle. Happy riding!

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  3. That looks good! Have a great time!

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  4. What? Hiking up your pants?
    Have a great trip!

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  5. Thanks everyone! We've arrived to our "base camp" now. My bike weighed around 100 lbs! The rest should be easier since I won't be lugging it all around from now on.

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  6. Hehehe, It's amazing how much stuff you can fit into a few of those small bags, isn't it?
    I look forward to reading more about your new adventure!
    Enjoy it!
    Oh, and love those panniers!

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  7. Is this a weekend bike-camping trip?

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  8. I'm totally jealous :) hope ya have a good time and a safe trip. I adore the setup you have in that pick.

    I don't think I will be getting to it this year but hoping to do a bike camping trip in the near future

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  9. Oh what fun! Tent-biking? Hope it's a wonderful trip for you!

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  10. Happy riding!
    badmother

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  11. Have fun, hope you stayed dry last night.
    Mark

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  12. How the two rear panniers are attached? It looks like they are halfway down the rack.
    Mark

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  13. May I suggest when you get back make a list of absolutely everything you took. Note against each item if it was used or not. Use this as your packing list next time. Also keep all your packing lists over time with a note as to the distance, duration, time of year and weather encountered - very useful for future reference.

    Tony

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  14. I look forward to hearing about the details.

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  15. Mark - they are attached to lowrider panels. I'll take close-ups of the setup once it stops pouring!

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  16. Haven't done any bike camping. Ski camping yes. I'm guessing balance between pleasure and pain would be similar. Looking forward to your thoughts. Bon temps.

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  17. I absolutely love your pannier bags and seat bag, what are they ? HOpe you have a safe and dry ride home : ) - Raul

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  18. BTW we are not camping. Thankfully, because it is pouring so hard stuff is flooded. Rode in the worst rain ever today!

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  19. I perused your Flickr photostream that show your bike and its equipment, packed up for a train/bike adventure! Very nice.

    I wish that Amtrak would offer more opportunities for travel with a bike checked as luggage. The long haul routes (e.g. Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle) do not encourage bicycle travelers.

    I've often thought that a bike adventure along the Katy Trail in Missouri would be a lark. Unfortunately getting there by train is not easy.

    With Amtrak's continuing travail at obtaining federal funding, having a very active group of supporters in the bicycling community would probably be wise.

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  20. V, I'm not sure what what type of mini-tour you're on, but at least you can tell us what it's like to tour in the rain. May as well experience the rough stuff first and get it out of the way. The sun came out here in southern NH. Not sure what direction you're heading, but hopefully you're now drying out somewhere.

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  21. Hwoowee! Looks like fun. I'm getting my Raleigh DL1 ready to go for 3 days next weekend. I've never gone more than 30 miles on it before and am testing a new rack I made. It's going to take me a lot less stuff to hit 100 pounds loaded than you guys: )

    Spindizzy

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  22. somervillain - Yes, that's the one. Working out great, will have pictures and description of it eventually.

    Spindizzy - That's pretty impressive!

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  23. I have the same Nitto Campee rear rack for my Rivendell Road Standard, but I've never used the low-mount pannier supports. How have your Carradice Kendall panniers worked out for you?

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  24. Nice packing job! I don't carry that much on a week long trip by myself, with two you should have less. May I make a suggestion?
    http://simplecycle-marc.blogspot.com/2011/04/bike-packing-101.html

    Marc

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  25. sorry to have the rain put a damper on your first bike-camping trip. I had such big plans for sunday, but alas.

    check out this post, and maybe add something from massachusetts: http://blog.adventurecycling.org/2011/08/bike-overnights-next-american-challenge.html

    i'll be adding something next weekend hopefully.

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  26. Marc - It's a different kind of trip, both in nature and duration. I don't mean to be mysterious, I just have a very bad and sporadic internet connection. Will write in detail soon.

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  27. Christopher FotosAugust 8, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    The roads became flooded and soon I was cycling with my wheels partly submerged in water. Roads are terrible in this area, and even on a dry day it is a task to navigate around potholes. Now that they were invisible underwater, I could neither anticipate nor avoid them. My bike bounced violently over ditches at high speeds.

    You are riding at speed over water-covered potholed roads why?

    Life provides plenty of opportunities for death. No need to send an engraved invitation.

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  28. If you're not camping, why are you carrying so much stuff? I'm looking forward to the first overnight (at least) self-supported trip report!

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  29. Well, not everything involving carrying stuff on bicycles is about camping; they can also be used for transportation to a destination. What you see on my bike is for 2 people, 2 weeks - including clothing for a wide range of activities (i.e. not just cycling), laptops, camera equipment, etc.

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  30. It really looks like 70s except your shoes and cycle's handlebars. Have a happy journey.

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