Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Gear List, Map Updates, Gratitude

This post is a bit of a public service for bicyclists and also my expressions of gratitude for those who have helped me on the trip.

For anyone considering doing the ride, I have included my gear list plus my updates to the bike maps/book.

1) My full gear list with commentary.  

When I did an assessment of the gear (without food and water, but including things I bought on the road) was ~35 lb.  My surfing gear was 9 lb, which meant the rest of the gear was 26 lb.  

So, in my assessment and my levels of comfort, 26 lb. of bicycling gear allows for a very comfortable trip.  The 9 lb. of surfing gear is clearly a big indulgence, but I was happy to be able to surf along the way.

Baseball capSee entry for Yana:
Biking shorts x2I bought these just before the trip (used to tour with normal shorts), only suggestion is to try them ahead of time
Overshorts x2These are for vanity, I don't prefer to walk around in lycra shorts... could have gotten away with one pair though
Sleeve warmersI don't like these - bike shop guy convinced me to get them, I ended up buying a long sleeve shirt later
T shirt x2Doing over, I instead would have gone with two long sleeve shirts (for cycling) and one t shirt (non-cycling)
Lightweight pantsThe quick-drying kind
Wool thermal shirtWool is good as it keeps you warm even if wet
Light fleeceI'd wear this over a tshirt to cycle in the mornings when cold
Medium fleeceFor the coldest nights I'd wear a t-shirt + wool shirt + light fleece + medium fleece
Rain jacketMust have, I brought my commuting rain jacket which is bright yellow
Rain pantsVery nice to have, I put them on at camp with my rain jacket - mosquitoes were stymied by this!
Long underwearLightweight silk
Helmet cap/linerI liked this - kept me from getting burned on my scalp and was nice to be able to wash it easily
Cycling glovesVery helpful for vibration reduction (mine have some padding) and reducing sun exposure to hands
Socks x2Thin polypropylene socks (polypro dries quickly)
Underwear x2Thin polypropylene underwear
Reflective vestIt's good to be visible
Helmet (bright yellow)ditto
Sneakers (Vans)I cycle in my Vans, super-comfy, I put in some shoe liners in them to give a bit more support
Stuff sackFor the clothes, used a thin material dry sack
EyeglassesNecessity if you need them :)
SunglassesVery nice to have, brought ones I could also take in the water
FlipflopsFor using in the camp showers - some are a bit grimy
Mosquito nettingI had a bit from DownWorks, would wrap around my neck like a scarf when the mosquitoes were bad
BandanaGeneral purpose
On the bike
Rear panniers (2)For (1) tent, sleeping gear + pot filled with cooking stuff + toiletries (2) clothes + food + stove
Handlebar bagMaps, papers, sunglasses, sunscreen, knife, PLB, long-sleeves, phone/camera, bandana, mosquito netting, lighter
Top tube bagFor tools and the lock, it did get in the way of my water bottles a bit, I think behind the seat tube is a better location
Stem bagFor little snacks - I didn't find this as helpful as I thought it'd be
Compression stuff sackSurfing gear + sleeping pad + flipflops, on rear rack; doubled as clothes washing bag
Water bottles x2One large, one regular
Water bottle cages x3Two for water bottles, one for the fuel bottle(adjustable size as fuel bottles have a smaller diameter)
Robust lockI got a folding lock... in case I had to leave for extended period in a city
CableTo lock the front wheel
Small wire lockLike a luggage lock, used for my 'ukulele and panniers
Seat coverWaterproof (since my seat is leather)
'UkuleleStrapped on top of compression stuff sack
StoveMSR Whisperlite Int'l - great stove, takes many fuels (white gas, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid, unleaded gas)
Fuel Bottle11 oz., small capacity but it fit in the water bottle cage and I refilled it roughly every 1.5 weeks
PotEnough to cook dinner for two (in case someone needed some food)
Containers x3Screw top containers, could hold things like a tomato or onion or leftovers; used top for cutting board
SpicesImportant, and refilled along the way
Olive OilIn a small nalgene bottle
Soy Sauceditto
BouillonGreat for cooking, had some vegan bouillon
Swiss army knifeNecessity - used every day for cooking
Refillable butane lighterFor lighting the stove
MatchesBackup to the lighter
Stuff sackFor the food and also used to hang the food
Cord to hang foodLong length for hanging the food to keep from animals
Bivvy/TentI brought a bivvy sac which I found not great for damp conditions, eventually decided a tent is better
Sleeping BagRated for colder weather than is predicted - I find they are generous with themselves in the rating system
Sleeping PadOld thermarest 3/4 length pad
Sleeping bag linerVery nice to have - silk liner, can be washed easily, and nice when it's warmer at night
PillowLuxury, in past I used to roll up a fleece, but I liked having a little inflatable pillow
EarplugsImportant for when folks who snore pitch a tent right next to you (happened)
EyeshadeIf you want to sleep past sunrise (up north the sun rises early)
Mini-flashlightKept with the eyeshade/earplugs - earplugs + eyeshade + flashlight + extra chapstick in a small mesh pocket
Stuff sackDry sack - all of the above sleep gear went in the dry sack
PhoneKept on airplane mode most of the time to conserve battery
Phone chargerLong cord is helpful as the plug locations can be awkward
USB cord chargerTo connect to solar charger (could have been combined with charger but not the one I brought)
Mini water cameraFor surf photos, I brought a gopro that was temperamental so wasn't too happy about it
Personal locator beaconIn case I fell off a cliff and no one could see me, mainly since I was traveling solo, maybe a bit of overkill
Solar chargerHandy, I used a small, inexpensive solar charger that I ordered online and it worked well
Headlamp (flashlight)Very useful for camp at night
Tooth brush
Tooth paste
Chamois butterI ended up giving the big tube away, but had a little bit on hand
Lense clothFor cleaning glasses
SoapSmall bottle of Dr Bronner's
Hand sanitizerEnded up with one with toiletries and one in handlebar bag
Stuff sackToiletries above in stuff sack
Chamois towel(in clothing sack), I brought a small one (hand towel size) for drying off after showering
Mosquito repellentHandlebar bag
Wallet (ID, cards)Kept in pocket of overshorts
MapsAnnotated (see prep entry at start of blog)
Small notebookTo write down folks' addresses
Journal pagesI've kept a journal for many years. Cut out some pages rather than bringing the entire journal.
Local mapsOften given to me by rangers - they have county campsites which is helpful.
Tide tableVery useful up north - big tidal swings, important if hiking along beach or surfing.
Pen x2only one really needed but nice to have an extra
First few days' itineraryprinted on paper
Multi-toolVery helpful to have, much more compact than separate tools
PliersOnly thing I felt missing from the multi tool
Bike pumpNecessity. And nice to have one with a hose and pressure gauge
Patch kit x2Extra patches seem good to have
Inner tubes x2Some folks recommended three, but I felt pretty good about having two
Tire levers (2)Important
Extra spokes (2)On chainstay
FiberfixNeat thing to fix a spoke without removing wheel
Cassette removerGot a combo tool that allows you to use the frame to lever off the cassette
RagVery useful to have for doing any work
Chain lubeNeeded after getting through Oregon - chain needed lube
Zip tiesJust in case
CordExtra for lashing gear if needed
Hose clampsIn case something on rack broke
Nuts/boltsExtra, again just in case
Spare brake/shift cableIn case
Electrical tapeHelpful for handlebar tape issues
Tent tapeTo repair stuff sacks/bike bags
First Aid KitUltralight backpacking first aid kit
SurfmatFourth Gear Flyer, Standard mat
Wetsuit, 2mmWay too thin for the conditions (5mm would've been nice), but was trying to save weight
Swim fins + leashesKicks fins - quite lightweight
Fin socksPrevent blisters, also helps for warmth
Contact lensesSingle use
PonchoReally helpful - used for changing clothes (lighter than a big towel) and as a raincover for my bike at night
Swim googles (freediving)Didn't end up using (didn't go freediving) - probably not necessary
What I shipped home:
ParkaFelt I didn't need that much warmth - didn't except for one night
Camera accessoriesex. tripod, clamp mount, etc. - not worth the weight/trouble
Additional items bought on the road:
StrapTo better secure my baseball cap to seat after losing the first one
BowlLuxury, wanted a bit more aesthetically pleasing bowl than my storage container
ForkCould have made it without it, but made eating noodles easier
Scraper (for cleaning)Nice to have, earlier I was just dealing with not fully clean things (bowl, pot, etc.)
Bottle for tabascoLighter weight
MonocularI only had heavy binoculars and didn't think of it until later
Seat cushion, inflatableFor meditation, great as I was sitting on hard surfaces (logs, rocks)
Wool hatEarlier parka had a hood, but I shipped the parka back home
Long sleeve shirtLightweight, for cycling (sun protection)
Additional chargerOne charger for both the phone and water camera was not great, so bought one on the road
What I would have liked to have brought:
Down sweaterA lightweight one to add just a bit more warmth than I had
FunnelFor filling the fuel bottle
Wetsuit hoodThat water was super cold, would've been nice to have a hood

Detail of my cooking gear.  The green containers are really useful.  As mentioned, the lid of the larger one is what I used for a cutting board.  The semi-clear bowl is the one I bought instead of eating from the green storage container all the time.  The red thing in the bowl is the cleaning scraper.  The bottles are filled with olive oil, soy sauce, and tabasco.

2) Updates to the Bicycling the Pacific Coast and Adventure Cycling Maps (the standard book and maps that most people use along the route).  Both of them could use some updating.  Here are some items I thought would be worth highlighting:

- The fruit and vegetable checkpoint at the Oregon-California border is closed (and apparently has been closed for years).  So it is *not* necessary to eat or throw out all fruits and vegetables before entering CA as it lists in the book.

- Hidden Springs campground in CA does not have an official hiker biker site, but it seems that the rangers there are quite accommodating (CA website lists that they will accommodate as needed)

- Scotia, CA has a great market with a nice selection of food

- Klamath, CA and Orick, CA have a very limited selection of food at the markets there - so better to buy groceries in Crescent City, CA

- Redwood Lily hostel in Arcata, CA offers a 10% bicyclist discount (for example, rate at the time for a bed in a shared room would then be $36 v. $40 regular rate)

- There is no longer a full service bicycle shop in Garberville, CA.  However, if you ask for Robert at Allsports and Toy, he may be able to help

3) Gratitude

I have felt so, so fortunate to have had so many people help me along the way on this trip.  I'm not sure if I am capturing everyone but I wanted to call out the following:

- Housing (Zac, Sue, Katie/St Paul’s)

- Ride and journey help (Zac, Sue, Ted and Lina, Rosemary, Geri and Sandy)

- Looking after my place (Ana, Tim, Joey)

- Advice (Dad, Tina, Aunty Betty and Uncle Stanley, Alice, Bill, Jason, Omari, Rob, Rich, Yeh, Jeff, Geoff, Hemant, Pierre, Amy, Jonathan, Brandon, Zach, Bosco, Matthew, Adrien, Grant, Rob, Lexi, Giles, Oliver, Per, Jon)

- Food (Sue, Marie)

- Fuel, soap (the Hardys, Caroline)

- Gifts (Louise, Yana, Sue, Agate Beach couple, Ariel)

- Inspiration (everyone I met)

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