Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bike Camping (3)

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Today's tidbit on bike camping will be & sweet. There are a few items I would like to review (new sleeping pad, riding in 103 degree weather, etc) but those will be best left for post-trip.
Small items that will improve riding happiness:

A way to read your route. Now the below pic is from a 40 miler, so no large maps were involved. But I definitely recommend an atlas of sorts. In the past, we've relied on the trail maps and our phones, but have learned that it's much easier to have a detailed map of the surrounding area too.
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Sunglasses: Obviously protection from the sun and looking good, but to keep out bugs and my biggest enemy, pollen. The Adventure Cycling site also recommends them as it takes a large amount of energy for you to squint in the sun, which adds up over long days. And I have a fancy pair of prescription polarized amber lenses that makes seeing at dusk much easier.
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Bottle Opener: A good carabiner works here too, but there are likely to be many tasty beers and Jarritos on your adventure...
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Bike Camping (2)
Bike Camping (1)
or you can click through our 6 days on the Allegheny Passage here.
Happy Riding!
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Read other posts on:
Bike Camping 1, Bike Camping 2, Bike Camping 3, 2011 trip pack list, 2011 12-day trip from Pittsburgh to north of Kingston, Ontario, 6 day autumn trip on the Allegheny Passage

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