Thursday, October 22, 2015
We were getting close to the campsite as the sun was setting.
My companions and I on a bridge.
Our camp was set up in a short amount of time. We stopped for food first, so had to set up in twilight.
The morning after. Getting some breakfast and getting ready to head out.
I can hardly wait for the next trip!
This one was a total ride of about 30 miles. Next time we're going to go a bit further. Maybe we'll take a week and take a ride to Oklahoma.
Friday, October 9, 2015
They recommended a new shifter (the old one was so worn it wouldn't shift reliably), chain, cassette, tires and cables. They also suggested a new stem, new saddle and new bars due to damage.
So, I ended up getting a new-to-me bike.
It's a mid-2000's (2006 I think) Specialized Allez Pro. Picked it up for $600.
I can't believe how fast it is. So easy to pedal, even in the higher gears. I am going to take it out for a quick ride (20-30 miles) and see how it goes.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Monday, September 14, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
I repacked my bags a few times, and was able to get my tent and bedding into a single 22 liter pannier. Yes, really. Everything except the tent poles. So far, I'm really impressed with these Ibera PakRaks
That leaves the other pannier free for cooking/kitchen stuffs and a couple changes of clothes. The site has a fire ring, so I might even try to bring a hatchet and some good scotch. I have plenty of storage.
Friday, August 28, 2015
The overnight stay in the yard was a success. I did not die, and my gear worked. I do need a bigger backup battery, but the good one I have left was able to charge my phone by morning.
I'm heading out on another 4 hour ride soon, this time with a full load of gear and water. If I survive that, I will be ready for the next step: learning to feed myself from a tiny camp stove.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
So, I have spent today doing fairly normal activities. An hour on the bike, using gps and Bluetooth and all that. Tonight, I am recharging my devices via backup batteries. One of my backups has failed is what I have learned so far. We'll see how much reserve power I have left in the morning.
Since I am running off batteries anyway, I will be sleeping in the yard, testing the tent, the pad and the bag. Since there is 0 chance of rain, I will be sleeping with the fly off.
Good thing that I have a massage scheduled for tomorrow afternoon .
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
Also, I rode with extra weight today too. Here's a pick of my loadout for the trip. One pannier held my tent, the other held my sleeping bag and sleeping pad. I carried a quart of water in each pannier as well. The trunk bag had a bunch of locks and cables, just for the additional weight.
The panniers are Ibera 22l bags, the trunk is a PakRak Quick Release, and the rear rack is an Ibera Touring Carrier Plus.
So far it feels capable of taking anything I throw at it.
Friday, August 21, 2015
My current pedals have clips on one side and platforms on the other, and they're a PITA. When you unclip, the pedal goes to it's default position, which is platform up, and so I always have to look down to clip in.
So, new Shimano PD-M520's. I'm excited just thinking about it.
Also coming in today's shipment are my tent, a sleeping pad and a sleeping bag. I'll do my best to document them appropriately later on, but here's the short list:
12 Survivors Shire 2 tent
Klymit static V sleep mat
Kaufland 40 superlight mummy bag.
I think I'm going to sleep in the back yard tonight, just to try it all out.