Gearing Up

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's getting down to the draw and we need to start taking inventory of everything we need for our travels and see if it will all go within our weight restrictions and the size of our panniers...

We went through the bulk of our supplies before we moved from Calgary since everything is going into storage, we needed access to our camping/cycling gear so it was important that it not go with the other things.  Now it's all laying on the floor of Brian's parent's garage and the time to deal with it can no longer be delayed. 

Firstly, we bought some UV spray for our gear.  Since we will be using the tent much more than we usually do, we wanted to make sure that it lasts as long as possible.  Also our pannier, being exposed to the sun all day every day, should be protected as well for they are the most vulnerable.  Ironically, we ran out of the spray with only 2 of the 4 bags being sprayed so we'll be able to give a good report on the effectiveness of the product!

Many people are wondering what kind of gear you pack for a journey such as ours, so I'll try to go through it all.  Since there are 2 of us, we are able to split the bulk of the big items as we are sharing.  This is basically what we have:
-2 rear panniers/bike
-2 handlebar bags
-2 lg duffles (for loading gear onto the plane)
-water bottles/locks/lights for bikes
-tent, 2 sleeping pads and sleeping bags
-2 small camp towels
-stove and pot set with dishes (coffee press most important) and water bag
-1 waterproof bag of clothing each (couple pr of socks and underwear, a few shirts/pants, fleece jacket, and down vest)
-rain gear (jacket and pants)
-1pr sandals and 1 pr shoes/hikers for each of us
-some food to get us started (energy bars, oatmeal, instant soup, dehydrated dinners)
-first aid kit/sewing kit
-some personal hygiene items and a little medication
-misc stuff sacks for all
-some creature-comforts: camera/laptop/guidebook/journal/pipe/photos

After loading everything up it was time to take the bikes for a little spin.  They weren't as hard to pedal as we'd been fearing, but they do have a little wobble to them that we'll have to get used to.  All in all we think we've done quite well.  We didn't want to have front panniers as we've heard they can affect steering.  We also didn't want a cart to pull.  Although it may be easier it would have been a hassle to put on the plane.  Next week we will box up our bikes so they are ready to go on the plane.  We'll also do a final weight of all our bags and re-arrange things between checked and carry on so we can be below the limits.

A few things we still need to do are:  get some local currency, copy our documents and give copies to family, email ourselves other important things and we should be good to go!
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lindsayholmes on

Looks good to me. I especially like the inclusion of a coffee press, so luxurious!

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