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Gear Check, is it going to fit?

Gear Check, is it going to fit?

Getting it together

Getting it together

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!

Loaded and Ready

Loaded and Ready

 

 

2 Comments
  • Nancy
    Posted at 20:41h, 06 February Reply

    You guys amaze me. I can’t wait to see the pics and stories from the road. Maybe some day, we can grow up to be just like you guys!

    • Petra
      Posted at 14:41h, 07 February Reply

      Thanks Nancy, we’ll try to give you all the good stories and all the not so good stories. Just hang in there, live your life, and follow your dreams…….what ever they may be! (by the way , growing up is optional!)

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