I’m in the overnight mode right now getting ready for GDR and also the Rim Ride and this past weekend did a couple long rides toting my gear around. I ended up not camping out, but just worked on my system, setup camp, ate road food (gas station type goodies), and packed home.
Saturday I rode out in May Valley. I toted 4 liters on my back, two bottles, my solo tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, a few tools, clothes and lots of food. The ride was good, but I felt like my strength to weight ratio was all out of whack – well it was. I realized how psyched I am going to be on 29inch wheels with all this weight. The added pounds make it hard to stay light over techy stuff and your bike wants to sink down into every rut. The big wheels are going to counter that though and keep me afloat. I could feel it with my big front, but just wait!
Sunday Brendan and I went out to Thomas mountain. We made better time than I think we’ve ever made going up the mountain, but we hit the singletrack and snow as it was getting dark. I was trying a AA battery operated nightrider light, since I would be able to restock batteries on GDR and won’t have to carry a charger for it. We also outfitted Brendan’s helmet with his tiny backpacking headlamp. These lights would probably burn for days on AA batteries, but that also meant – not too bright! The tech was slow as I’d outrun my lights any time we picked up speed. Finally, as it was getting cold and late, I turned on my backup real light so we could just crank.
Again, I carried lots of weight and just considered it extra training. I also had about 50 things mounted on my handlebars, so I’m sure I looked like a goofball. Hope you get a good laugh about the upside down gps!