Logistics

Preparation:  Prior to this adventure, I had taken one other major bike tour with a group of nine cyclists in which we traveled from Panama to Oregon.  To learn more about our adventure, please visit our website here:  Cycles of Change  Most of my knowledge of bike touring was gained through repeated trial and error while on that tour.  However, to prepare for a solo tour, I wanted to make sure I had all of my ducks in a row and could take care of myself without the assistance of anyone else.  I took a bike maintenance class through a small bike shop in Portland, Oregon called the Outer Rim.  Brandon, the owner of the shop, took three days to teach me everything I would need to know on the tour.  If anyone wants to feel more comfortable about basic bike maintenance and understand one of the most amazing machines we’ve created as a species (*the bike*), I encourage you to pull up your sleeves, get your hands greasy and throw down a mere $125 bucks for this great class.  That said… I’m giving this endorsement prior to setting out on the trip.  Let’s see how the skills play out when I am stranded on the side of US-90 with a broken derailor?  High Limit Screw to the right… right?  Or was it to the left?

The Gear List:  For those of you who happen to be interested, here is the grand list of everything I have on my bike with me sorted out by the bag/place on the bike I located each item.

On Bike:

  1. All of the gear.

    All of the gear.

    1 Surly Long Haul Trucker 56 cm Touring Bike

  2. 1 Front & 1 Rear Surly Rack
  3. 4 Ortlieb Panniers (Backroller & Frontroller)
  4. 1 Handlebar Bag
  5. 1 Tent & waterproof bag
  6. 1 Sleeping bag & water proof bag
  7. 1 Sleeping bag Liner
  8. 1 Front Light (Attached to helmet)
  9. 1 Back Flashing Light
  10. 1 Bell
  11. 1 Tire Pump
  12. 2 Water Bottles
  13. 1 Camelback w/ 2 Liter Bladder
  14. 1 Helmut

Front Handlebar Bag “Purse”:

  • 1 Pair  Biking Gloves
  • 1 Bandana
  • Map Holder
  • Pen & Small Notebook
  • Toilet Paper
  • Phone
  • Otter Box
  • Headphones
  • Photo ID/Debit Card
  • Phone Fanny Pack
  • Camera
  • Camera Gorilla Stand
  • Pepper Spray
  • Sunglasses
  • Chapstick

Bag#1 “Bedroom”:

Clothes:

  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 2 pairs leggings
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 dress
  • 4 pairs wool socks
  • 2 pairs underwear
  • 2 pairs of biking shorts
  • 3 tank tops
  • 2 short sleeve shirts
  • 3 sports bras
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 pair of rain pants
  • 1 reflective vest
  • 1 bandana
  • 1 rain jacket

Entertainment Items:

  1. 1 Journal
  2. 1 Deck of cards
  3. 3 pens
  4. 1 highlighter
  5. 1 black Sharpie
  6. 1 Reading glasses & Case
  7. 1 Passport
  8. List of Items
  9. 1 Printed Overall Map

Tech Stuff:

  1. 1 I Sound Charger (including charger + connector cord)
  2. 1 Folding Keyboard for Phone (including connector cord)
  3. 1 Phone Charger

Bag #2 “Workshop/Garage”:

Bike Gear:

  1. Ortlieb Vinyl Repair Kit
  2. 1 Tri Tool (Allen Wrench)
  3. 1 set of pliers
  4. 2 tire levers
  5. 1 roll of electrical tape
  6. 1 WD-40 Chain Lubricant
  7. 1 Tri-Flow Lubricant
  8. 8 Zip Ties
  9. 1 wrench
  10. 1 Crankbrothers Multitool
  11. 3 spare chain links
  12. 2 master links
  13. 1 prestavalve adapter
  14. 1 derailor cable
  15. 3 spare spokes
  16. 2 spare brake pads
  17. 3 tube repair kits
  18. 1 Pedro 5mm Allen Wrench
  19. Adventure Cycling Association Underground Railroad Maps
  20. 2 Extra 26 inch 1.5-1.75 Bike Tubes

Other gear:

  1. 3 Bungees
  2. 1 tie down
  3. 1 tarp
  4. 1 poncho
  5. 1 mosquito net
  6. 1 can propane
  7. Duck tape
  8. 3 AAA Batteries
  9. 4 AA Batteries
  10. Safety Pins
  11. Head Lamp
  12. Gorilla Glue
  13. Sewing Kit

Bag #3 “Bathroom”

Hygiene Stuff:

  1. Hand Wipes
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Baking Powder
  4. Conditioner
  5. Hair ties/clips
  6. Toilet Paper
  7. Dr. Bronner’s Soap
  8. Tooth Brush & Case
  9. Toothpaste
  10. Chapstick
  11. Hand Sanitizer
  12. Face Wash
  13. Floss
  14. 1 Towel

First Aid Kit:

  1. Electrolyte Tablets/packets
  2. Allergy Medicine
  3. Tums
  4. Cranberry Pills
  5. IB Profin
  6. Thermometer
  7. Vaseline
  8. Butt Butter
  9. Scissors
  10. Band-Aids
  11. Probiotic
  12. Snake Bite Kit
  13. Road Flare
  14. Neosporin
  15. Antiseptic Wipes
  16. Gauze
  17. Bug Spray
  18. Sun block
  19. Airborne
  20. Elastic Wrap

Bag #4 “Kitchen”:

Food: To make the trip more economical and to not be as dependent on resources along the route, I used the BackPacking Chef’s website and a number of other resources to dehydrate and package up some basic food staples to have along the way.  I divided up all of the food into four batches.  Each group ended up weighing between five and seven pounds.  I only brought the below items on the plane with me to start the trip off and will have the other three batches sent to me along the way using the post offices’ general delivery system.

  1. Packaged Salmon (2)
  2. Food and "Brute" the cat.

    Food and “Brute” the cat.

    Packaged Tuna (2)

  3. Miso Soup Packet
  4. 1 bag Dehydrated Corn
  5. 1 bag Dehydrated Peas
  6. 1 bag Dehydrated Peppers
  7. 1 bag Dehydrated Mixed Veggies
  8. 1 bag Dehydrated Broccoli
  9. 1 bag Dehydrated Mushrooms
  10. 1 bag Dehydrated Potatoes
  11. 3 Bags Dehydrated Tomato Curry Bark
  12. 2 Bags Dehydrated Pasta Bark
  13. 1 jar Dehydrated Tomato Powder
  14. 4 bags Dehydrated Hamburger
  15. 1 bag Dehydrated Rice
  16. 1 bag Dehydrated Lentils
  17. 1 bag Dehydrated Black Beans
  18. 1 bag Dehydrated White Beans
  19. 1 bag quinoa
  20. 1 bag oatmeal
  21. 1 bag Dehydrated milk
  22. Coffee
  23. 1 bag Dehydrated pumpkin bark
  24. 1 bag Dehydrated sweet potato bark
  25. 1 bottle Olive Oil
  26. 1 bottle Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast
  27. Spices & Spices Container
    1. Salt
    2. Pepper
    3. Thyme
    4. Smoked Paprika
    5. Oregano
    6. Garlic
    7. Ginger
    8. Cinnamon
    9. Chili Powder
    10. Sugar
    11. Curry
    12. Cumin
    13. Basil
    14. Rosemary
    15. Dill
    16. Cayenne

Cookware:

  1. 1 Mess Kit
    1. 2 mugs
    2. 2 plates/skillet
    3. 1 pan
    4. 1 Spoon
    5. 1 Fork
    6. 1 knife
  2. 1 sponge
  3. Dish soap
  4. 2 lighters
  5. 1 Jetboil
  6. 1 Leatherman
  7. 1 Knife (sharp)
  8. 1 Egg Carton
  9. 1 Candle (for evening ambiance :))
  10. 1 SteriPen Water Filter
  11. Extra Ziploc Bags
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