We plan on departing tomorrow afternoon and all I have left to do it pack up my laptop computer. For reference, I'll be wearing my LD Comfort zip top and tights under my riding gear. I'm only taking the one set and will simply give them a good wash when necessary. For casual clothes, I packed a pair of black yoga pants, short sleeve T-shirt, cotton spaghetti strap shirt, denim shorts, a long sleeve denim shirt and a fleece jacket. Of course, I have undies, socks and a swimsuit. I cleaned out and lightened up my toiletry bag and threw in a pair of flip flops. That's it!
Everything fit nicely in my top case bag with room to spare. Guess that means I can buy some souvenirs along the way :-) Always resident on my bike is my heated jacket along with a bandanna or two, a cooling kerchief, and an LD Comfort headliner.
Ah, I did go through all the bags, panniers, tank bag, fuel cell bag, and all the nooks and crannies on the bike and thinned down my flashlight collection to a manageable level. I don't know why but I have a flashlight fetish. I love them!!!! All sizes, shapes, colors. I have a similar fetish for buckets but I don't plan on bringing any on this trip. Oh wait, I do have that collapsible camping bucket....nah, not taking it!
The penlight style flashlight is killer! I mean really, it will burn your eyeballs. I love it!!! It is definitely coming with me in the tank bag.
Then Eric got me this great light. Nice heft and great light and not huge.
We also prepared for mosquitoes and bugs. As I mentioned in a previous blog, we sprayed our riding gear with bug stuff. We are also carrying Coleman 100% Deet in individual pump spray bottles and a bunch of the OFF brand Deep Woods towelettes.
I'm really hoping that with so much bug protection we'll be overkill and the bugs won't be bad this year at all, LOL. Regardless, I think we're prepared. Along with all that bug stuff we also have these.
This cracks me up. It's almost as good as my picture of Eric with a bucket on his head. I love how he humors me. And, I'm sure we'll be glad we brought them along.
I've selected my paper maps.
And have a file folder that fits in my pannier with our itinerary, copies of motel and ferry reservations, maps and an Iron Butt Magazine for those special photo ops.
I guess at this point if I didn't pack it, I either don't need it or can purchase it along the way. I really made an effort to lighten up the load while covering as many contingencies as I could think. All in all, I'm satisfied with what I'm taking. Worst case, I'll be pulling out the credit card :-)
So, I'm counting down in hours now. Tomorrow, I'll clean out the fridge and take my house plants to a neighbor so they don't die. Before I know it, we'll be geared up and headed out. I hope you'll watch my Spot and follow my blog.
Here is a link to my Spot page: Cletha's Spot
My goal is to be in the top ten if not the number one place for Spotwalla for 2014. Only you can help me get there!
The adventure is about to begin :-)