06 Feb Gear Check, is it going to fit?
Here we are, a month to go before rolling out of the garage and into the world. We have written multiple lists on what to get done, clothes and rain gear we need, extra bike parts to take, camping gear to pack, and what ever else we thought are essential things to take on a world tour. We have checked and rechecked our packing list and are ready to practice packing our bikes. As we spread all of our gear, clothes, and spare parts out in the room, we are starting to have some doubts whether it is all going to fit into our panniers. Things just seem to be coming out of the woodworkand multiplying as we go down our list. We start rolling up our clothes tightly to fit them into the stuff sacks and try to figure out what would be the most logical way to pack these bags….should the cooking gear snuggle up with the rain gear or the sleeping mats? Electronics with clothes? Thoughts of eliminating some objects off the list go through our heads, but we are not sure what we should eliminate, everything just seems so essential to us.
Eventually, we managed to fit everything into our panniers while having the weight somewhat balanced between them and still have enough room left to pack plenty of food for when we hit the road.
Now we just have to practice to get it done without taking all day!
Once done packing we find our scale and weigh our bags–and we quickly figure that we are not going to be pedaling anywhere fast–those bikes are having more of a resemblance to pack-mules then sporting equipment at this point. But …what the heck, we are going on an adventure and not on a race anyway!