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Big trips have a way of creeping up on me.  I’m heading down to Klamath Falls, OR on Thursday for a week in the Oregon outback, and I felt the need to re-do my bike today (and buy a new lawn mower).  Is this trip nesting?

After modifications

I am borrowing a pair of panniers from a co-worker for the trip, but I still feel like I’ll be strapping a lot of extra stuff to the bike when I finally set out.  I have a bike box thanks to my touring partner, but I haven’t even started to pack up yet.  At this point, I’m going through my various camping lists from past trips, and trying to figure out what I may and may not need.

Camp List:

  • Hammock
  • Fly
  • Tarp (in case I have to bivy)
  • Headlamp
  • Knife
  • Cook Kit (Trangia stove and various pots)
  • Fuel
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Bug Spray
  • Sun Screen
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wipes
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Water Filter (doubles as 4L water storage)

Bike Tools:

  • Tool kit (fixit sticks with 3,4,5,6,8mm, phillips, flat, assorted torx)
  • 3-way socket wrench with 8, 9, 10mm
  • 2 tubes
  • 1 spare tire
  • Patch kit
  • Levers, duct tape, zip ties
  • Rubber gloves
  • Master link
  • Brake/Derailleur cables
  • Loose nuts and bolts (5, 6mm)
  • Fibre spoke
  • Bike pump


  • Short-sleeve wool shirt (2)
  • Long-sleeve wool shirt (1)
  • Camp Pants – nylon (1)
  • Wool undies (2)
  • Wool socks (3)
  • Sandals
  • Evolv Cruzers (shoes)
  • Rain jacket
  • Hat
  • Hankerchiefs (2)

Miscellaneous weight:

  • Phone running RideWithGPS app
  • 2 spare rechargeable LiIon battery packs
  • Possible solar charger (if I can borrow it)
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 whisky flask

As for food, we made a list based on each day and where we think we will be.  There are a few small towns where we hope to re-supply and perhaps even dine out, but will be carrying some minimal food in case we get lost.  I’m bringing a bunch of Perpetuem, since it seems to agree with me on the rando rides.  Light weight calories are a good backup.

Only a few days left to gather everything and make sure it fits in my bags.  I also have to pack the bike into the box and get everything taped up and secure.  I’m really starting to look forward to this trip!