Packing Up

In 2012, I was living in Seattle while working remotely for my family's company, The Bailey Company, acutely aware of the cyclical pull of adventure when a friend from Bike and Build, Jen Dvorsky, invited me to cycle the Adventure Cycle Association Sierra Cascade route with her.  I agreed, procured a touring bike, did no packing until the night before, which happened to be the Fourth of July, meaning I packed up at midnight or so, buzzed up, then caught a 6am flight down to San Diego.  I did almost no prep - mental, physical, or logistical - and it was like stumbling into a surreal dream where suddenly, without even realizing how you got there, you're sitting on a truly unbelievably hot bus next to an older Mexican woman who is telling you in spurts of seemingly disinterested bursts that in the town where you will be staying the night, Tecate, people regularly get their fingers chopped off by the cartel, that her daughter lives in North Carolina, that the cartel demands things - cars, payments, etc. - and if you fail to meet their demands, true honest to god digits are collected instead and then BLAM! a bullet to the head maybe or the arm or something, that her daughter loves North Carolina, the people are muy simpatico, si, muy simpatico, that you should not walk around the streets of Tecate at night but that the hotel, too, might set you up to be mugged or worse, that she rode a bicycle as a child, pero no nada mas.  I was not prepared.

This time, I have done some actual research.  The primary difference of course is that I will not have Dvorsky planning the march like a general with a particular fixation on logistics and (preferably painful) motion forward.  There is also the language factor (I speak Spanish, my second language, about as well as most Europeans speak their third or fourth), the difficulty surrounding the ferries, and the greater variety of gear needed, since I will be backpacking in addition to cycling.  All that is to say that the list I have settled on has not come without some research.  Here is my packing list in its entirety, along with some photos.  I will not be getting ultralight cred.  I am pretty sure my 60 or so Starbucks Vias remove me from contention for any sort of UL award.  Not to mention the Justin's Almond Butter.  

  • Bike:
    • Salsa Fargo
    • Pedals - regular with cages
    • Helmet
    • Helmet mirror
    • Panniers - Orb
    • Rear light
    • Bike lock
    • Salsa Anything Cages
    • Fairweather Handlebar Bag
  • Tools and parts
    • Multi-tool
    • Chain breaker
    • Chain links
    • Spare break pads
    • Chain lube
    • Grease rag
    • Mini bike pump
    • 2 x spare tubes
    • Patch kit
    • Spare tire
    • Tire levers
  • Electronics
    • iPad w/ keyboard
      • Lonely Planet South America and In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin downloaded into the Kindle app
    • Solar charger
    • Backup battery charger
    • GoPro
      • Tripod
      • Helmet attachment
      • Handlebar attachment
      • Spare battery
      • Spare memory card
    • Garmin Fenix
    • Fenix charger
    • iPhone
    • Ear buds
    • iPhone/iPad charger
    • Headlamp
    • Extra batteries
    • Blow up solar lamp
  • Miscellaneous
    • Copy of passport
    • Passport
    • Swiss Army Knife
    • Proof I paid the Argentina entrance fee
    • El Alchemista by Paulo Coehlo
    • Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
    • Waterproof journal
    • 2 x pens
    • Camping towel
    • Wallet with cash
    • Zip ties
    • Bungee cords
    • Water reservoir
    • Water bottles
    • Starbucks Vias
    • Sunscreen
    • Glasses
    • Duct tape
    • Twine
    • SteriPen
    • Water filter straw
  • Camping
    • Tent
    • Jetboil
    • Matches
    • Sleeping pad
    • Sleeping bag
    • Osprey backpack
    • Stuff sacks
    • REI Flash 18 pack
    • Spork
    • Mug
    • Bowl
  • Clothing
    • Saloman shoes
    • Booties
    • Vans
    • Havaiana flip flops
    • Patagonia khaki shorts
    • Columbia zip off pants
    • Black Levi's
    • Waterproof pants
    • Running tights
    • 3 x boxers
    • 2 x long wool hiking socks
    • 2 x short wool athletic socks
    • 1 x Swiftwick short sleeve quick dry shirt
    • 1 x t-shirt
    • 1 x short sleeve button down
    • 1 x Novara long sleeve button down shirt
    • 1 x Swiftwick long sleeve quick dry shirt
    • 1 x North Face long sleeve quarter zip fleece
    • 1 x Marmot Essence rain jacket
    • 1 x Marmot wind proof fleece
    • 1 x Mammut puffy coat
    • Full fingered cycling gloves
    • Cycling beanie
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Contacts
    • Saline solution
    • Mirror
    • Plastic baggie with ibuprofen, allergy medicine, melatonin
    • All purpose soap

Life moves fast. Travel slow.