I`ve been preparing for this trip for about a month.Researching some of the finer points of the trip started with somehead-scratching and vague guesses of what would work. As the time went on,I found that I just had to make decisions knowing that it wasn`t the right way,just A way. There are so many different ways to do this trip:ultra-lightweight (no stove, water purifier, no tent), theeverything-but-the-kitchen sink way, and everything in between. I fallsomewhere in between.
I had a lot of fun knolling all the gear, and then makingtime-lapse videos packing it all up. I think I actually packed fasterknowing that I was filming myself. Knowing how slow I can be in thisarena, I think it was a blessing.
Somehow, I will fit all of this on my bike and my ridingpartner`s bike. (I am riding with friends until Colorado, at which point I willhave to pair down so I can fit EVERYTHING on my bike.)
In preparation for the trip, I put together a generator hub,which I think will be a really rad way to charge the phone and other devices(iPhone , external battery pack, etc.). I was trying to avoid being a slave tothe outlet when I get to town... only a slave to finding high caloriefoods.
So for now, I'm dreaming about the Canadian Rockies, and Ican`t wait to rip down the GDMBR on the Niner. I`ve found that theBlackburn soft pack bags coupled with the SIR9 really afford a freedom that is uncommon. Being able to go off road with all my gear is just... the best.
Fingers crossed for mostly sunny skies and tailwinds!