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Gear for the first leg

Wise words, for travelers and non-travelers alike

Minus food, a pair of walking/hiking shoes, sleeping bag, a few odds and ends, the gear carrying bags, and, obviously, the bike itself, this is roughly everything that will board the plane with me Wednesday afternoon.

Armed with a scale accurate to 5 grams, I’ve done my best to pick apart this list and narrow it down to what, in my mind, constitutes the essentials. A few things may be redundant, unnecessary even. So as the miles add up and my legs begin to tire it’ll be back to the drawing board–in an effort to travel as richly as possible.

From left to right, top to bottom:

Waterproof ditty sacks (3), 18-liter daypack, rain jacket, rain pants, bike shorts, nylon hiking pants, board shorts, underwear, wool tights, lightweight wool socks, puffy jacket, hooded fleece, arm warmers, short-sleeve tech shirt

Netbook w/ 2 external hard drives & cords, electronics stuff sack, iPod & earbuds, headlamp, SPOT Tracker, tail & head lights, watch, cell phone, camera bag, Cliffshots & electrolyte tablets, heavy wool socks, Buff, knit hat, fingered gloves, riding gloves, sunglasses, helmet, riding hat

Mtb shoes, flips, bike lock, shoe covers, nylon string, compass, first aid kit, zippered stuff sack, Steripen water purifier, contacts w/ case and solution, eyeglasses, Chamois Butter, bug hat, sunscreen, Climb On, toiletry kit, bandana, pack towel, maps, 6-liter hydration bladder, water bottle, 2.5-liter CamelBak, 2.5-liter Platypus

Tent, ground pad & ground cover, pump, tire gauge, spare tires (2), tire levers, patch kit, electrical tape, spare spokes (3) & nipples, chain tool, spoke tool, spare brake pads, chain lube, sewing kit, spare brake & shifter cables, spare parts/tool kit bag (w/ bolts, wrenches, etc.), zip ties, Leatherman w/ bit kit & driver, shop rag, hose clamps (2), book (James Y El Melocoton Gigante), pen & pad, wallet, cook pot and cozy, stove



10 thoughts on “Gear for the first leg

  1. Yes Greg, just about the bare essentials, I will be following you on your travels, best regards and the best of luck to you.

    Posted by Bob Newsham | June 7, 2011, 7:49 am
  2. Tom & I wish you the best of luck. I know you will enjoy your adventure. Be safe and write often and send lots of pics. We are with you in spirit!

    Posted by Judi Costa | June 7, 2011, 12:16 pm
  3. ¡James y El Melocotón Gigante! Atta boy!

    Posted by Ian Gordon | June 7, 2011, 3:15 pm
  4. Brooke, looks like he’s finally gonna read it! 😉

    Posted by Erin Barr | June 7, 2011, 6:26 pm
  5. You know how to live!

    Posted by dave sproul | June 9, 2011, 11:04 am
  6. Bob, great meeting you the other night.

    Judy and Tom, thanks for the support. I’ll hopefully be posting here weekly–good to know you’ll be following.

    Dave, less is definitely more! Any relation to Chris?

    And yes, the long, slow slog begins…thru James y El Melocoton Gigante. Downloads of the latest telenovelas soon to come.

    Posted by The Simple Pleasure | June 9, 2011, 5:44 pm
  7. Greg,

    We recd your first Spot message and have sent it on to the family including your cousins. Chuck already sent it on to a friend in Costa Rica that he will try to connect you with. It sure is quiet around here now. Love, Mom

    Posted by Dorie | June 10, 2011, 2:06 pm
  8. Looking forward to reading more about your travels all the way from Melbourne, Aus! Its going to be an awesome adventure!! 🙂

    Posted by Emma Pike | June 10, 2011, 9:00 pm
  9. Greg, I will be following your journey. Be careful, godspeed and enjoy! Uncle Chuck.

    Posted by Chuck Kellogg | June 11, 2011, 7:56 am

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