|Trace The Mitten|
I leave in a two days for a six day tour in the northwest lower peninsula of Michigan. This is an organized tour organized by Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance. This in around the 30th tour. I expect riders from other places besides Michigan. They provide meals and snacks. We can set up camp in school yards. SAG vehicles will be there for assistance. This framework means that I will adjust my packing list accordingly. They will transport our gear to the next campsite.
I could not find, really I did not look, my gear list from my last tour two years ago. With each tour I create a new list. My gear is kept in one spot. Over the last three days I continue to add to my packing list.
Hydration: I always rides with my camelbak and two water bottles. I will not carry much gear in this since I have the trunk bag.
Panniers: I will use by trunk bag from REI. Besides the truck side panels open up and create two side mini panniers. This where I will keep the extra tubes, dog spray, locks and whatever I want to bring along for the day. It provides space to stow jackets and long pants when the temperature warms up.
Handle bar bag: I have a Cannondale which has a lot of space. I do not like to put much weight in this. The is a plastic sleeve for my cue sheet. I can always find light weight and bulky items.
Headset bag: This has a spot for a phone, but mainly I will use this for snacks and camera. I take photos with my phone and a separate point and shoot camera.
Seat bag: holds zip ties, tire gauge, multi-tool, tube, adjustable wrench, tire levers, patches. and any other repair items.
Riders are limited to two duffle bags with each no more than 40 pounds.
One duffle wil hold camp gear of tent, sleep mat, wash basin for laundry, chair, keen sandals, shower shoes, poncho, pillow, neck brace, 10'x10' plastic dropcloth to help with heavy rain. My camp clothes include comfortable clothes for camp and town.
Second duffle will hold the clothing. I am taking two riding kits which include padded shorts, over shorts to hold items in packets, top and socks. I will wash the kit each afternoon after the ride. We camp three sites and stay each place two nights. I bring an extra set of glasses. I have my medicine and vitamins. The toiletries. Towel. On my last tour I purchased an REI flex chair. The chair is great for relaxing. I doubt there will be many chairs in the school yards. I use a base layer to sleep in and wool socks. I also have a fall and winter base later tops for warmth in the camp. Nights can drop into the 40s and the early morning can be the same. My rain jacket is great for adding warmth. I am not sure if I will bring my fleece.
After each tour I note the items that I did not use and keep that in mind for future tours. I think I convinced myself to look at my last tour gear list. I did pare down the clothing items. Last time I brought 3 kits for riding. That tour was two month later and I cut out some of the warmer clothes. I also forgot to mention a plastic jar. Every night I got up and had a long walk to the restroom. One of my neighbors at camp told me his strategy. In the middle of the night I will use the jar and take care of it in the morning.
Here is the info in list form:
Miscellaneous: business cards, extra glasses, wallet, medicine, sink
For the ride: rain jacket, rain pants, 2 sock, leg warmers, arm warmers, 2 riding shorts, buff, 3 skull caps, sunglasses, poncho, finger gloves, fingerless gloves, camelbak, 2 water bottles, 3 tubes, spare tire, waterproof sock, pump, chamois butter, lube, ankle reflector bands, keys for locks
Bed time: alarm clock, phone charger, keen sandals, sleeping mats, sleeping bag, pillow, neck brace, poncho to cover bike, base layer for PJs. Toiletries.
Evening: headlamp, pants with lip off legs, long sleeve shirt, cotton t-shirt, towel, wash cloth, chair, tent, ex-officio underware, ball cap, wool stocking cap .