Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Things They Carried- Obi Wan

Pannier #1
-clothes bag:
-spandex long underwear
-arm warmers (I wore these almost every day)
-2 pair bike shorts/bib (medium quality gotten cheap from Ebay. perfectly adequate for my needs).
-cycling jersey (pockets are nice but you are guaranteed to look somewhat foolish in a jersey. Just my opinion).
-synthetic running shirt
-cotton button down (for camp)
-synthetic Royal Robin brand shorts (for camp)
-cheap stocking cap (essential for the mountain region and the Olympic peninsula)
-bike gloves (really reduce ware on your wrists and hands. I noticed a big difference between when I wore them and when I didn't).
-full-hand gloves (made with both leather and synthetic fabric. Used to keep my hands functional on rainy days. Makes a world of difference)
- 1 pair wool socks (for camp, warmth, and anything else you can think of)
-North Face Gor-Tex wind/waterproof pants (not waterproof, don't buy gor-tex for rain gear. These pants were useful against hordes of mosquitos and for looking stupid in... not essential).
-O2 cycling rain jacket (way more waterproof than the pants. It was thoroughly shredded by the end of the trip but it did it's job. A good purchase. David had one too).
-Sunglasses with rear-view mirror and different lenses (all were lost by the end of the trip, still useful though).
-Steri-pen water filter (we only needed it once so I sent it home halfway through the trip)
-Toiletries bag:
-travel toothbrush
-tooth paste
-mole skin (not often used but definitely comforting to have in case a blister ever gets unbearable).
-vaseline (for lubin' up)
-sun screen
-nail clippers
-Zip pocket:
-cell phone charger and electronic hook ups
Pannier #2
-Mountain Hardware 15 degree 800 Fill Down sleeping bag (I upgraded to this bag after the first week in the Olympics suffering through cold nights in a 45 degree bag. It was awesome to know that, no matter how bad the weather got, I would be warm at night. This bag was very light but took up a lot of space. I'd recommend a bag like it for people who need some extra insulation at night).
-Thermarest pad
-Cards (never used)
-That's it. Like I said, the bag took up a lot of room. My panniers also were pretty uneven in weight which led to a few minor issues for my back rack. Just switching the panniers back and forth every couple of days will keep the rack from wearing out too fast on one side.

Back Rack
-Sea to Summit Waterproof bag (exceptionally waterproof, a great buy):
-Mountain Hardware Lightpath 2 tent and rain fly (a 3ish pound 2 person tent that I found was very adequate. Only problem was not a lot of room to sit up in and things could get real crowded with two people in it. Honestly for tent selection I would highly recommend the Six Moons design Lunar 2 Duo that Dan carried. That thing rocked.
-Tent stakes
-Spare tubes
-Tent Poles
-Keen close-toed sandals (these things were awesome to just slip on when I got out of my bike shoes. They were strapped to my back rack the whole ride and would get wet but would still be fine to wear. Great durable shoes. Still like new after all they have been through).

Front Sack
-Noxzema (Dan has already praised this wonderful little cream. None of us would have unscarred rears today if it weren't for Noxzema. Get some. Nuf said).
-Tea bags
-Tri-tool (good and handy for quick fixes but not nearly enough to fix the numerous bike issues we had. Make sure you or somebody in your group has some sufficient tools. Thanks to Goody for being that guy).
-Patch kits for tubes
-miscellaneous stuff (front sacks are nice to throw trash in while you are riding. I recommend getting one. You can buy a handlebar bag if you don't have aerobars or you can buy a saddle bag and it hooks onto aerobars real nicely. Works great. Will and I both used that trick).

Hope this inventory is helpful for anybody planning a tour. Good luck with your planning and remember that you can always send stuff back. Happy riding!

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