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Self supported through Northeat Kingdom/Canada coming up!

ridebikeme2012-05-25 19:25:41 +0000 #1
I'm leaving this weekend on my first self supported tour ever, and I'm truly excited! I finally finished the touring bike I have been building for a couple of years, and now am waiting for bags as well. I've opted for not using racks/panniers and instead use bags made by Relevate Designs and Phantom Pack instead. For me, it makes more sense because they will be lighter, and something that I can use on my touring or mountain bike.

We've chosen to ride in the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont and more than likely we'll cross over into Canada as well. Although we'll only be out there for 5 days, I'm truly looking forward to a mini break from the shop and getting out with a new bike and new gear

chasecyclery.blogspot.com
Sky King2012-05-25 19:28:41 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by ridebikeme

I I've opted for not using racks/panniers and instead use bags made by Relevate Designs and Phantom Pack instead.

chasecyclery.blogspot.com

Interesting, so are you carrying your water on your back? wishing you no cross winds

Have a wonderful time, look forward to hearing more
ridebikeme2012-05-25 20:07:38 +0000 #3
I'll carry my water in the tradional bottle cages, but unfortuantely may have to monitor the weather... looks like we could get some of the ramifications of the upcoming hurricane. I'll try and get some good photos to share
Catrin2012-05-25 20:01:31 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by ridebikeme

I'll carry my water in the tradional bottle cages, but unfortuantely may have to monitor the weather... looks like we could get some of the ramifications of the upcoming hurricane. I'll try and get some good photos to share

Have fun...but how are you going to have enough water if all you have is two water bottles? Is your route populated enough so that you are certain you can refill every time you need to? I am trying to not sound like your mom, and probably failing miserably...

Be safe with the weather, have fun, and looking forward to pictures
ridebikeme2012-05-25 20:05:49 +0000 #5
Hi Catrin,

Thanks for the concern! I truly don't think that we'll have any concerns about water/liquids. I guess worse case scenerio is that we use the steripen and filter water for the bootles or to cook with, but I really don't think that we'll have any issues. The main issue now is the hurricane, although it will hit way south of here, we are definitely supposed to have TONS of rain! Projections look like we may have to wait a couple of days to leave, but as you know, the weather changes quickly and often here... so we'll see what we are given.

Jackie

chasecyclery.blogspot.com
ridebikeme2012-05-25 21:03:47 +0000 #6
Well, I returned from my trip yesterday, and had a great time!! Hurricane Irene defintinitely made us start a couple of days later though... with 7" of rain, no electricity throughout New England and LOTS of roads completely wiped out.

I'll update the trip on my blog with photos and more detail in the next couple of days.

What can I say? I'm totally hooked on self contained touring, although if it has two wheels ... I'm Hooked!

check here if you're interested in more detail on the trip

chasecyclery.blogspot.com
Tri Girl2012-05-25 20:56:15 +0000 #7
Congrats on your trip!! Glad the self-contained touring bug has bitten... it's a nice kind of bite!

Your bike is gorgeous- love Soma!!

I didn't see any details about the trip on that link, but it seems like you had a great time and really enjoyed yourself.

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