Ever feel like maybe you brought too much stuff?
I keep telling you I’m gonna help with that, give you the information you need to tackle multi-day off-road adventures.
But so far, so…well, not much, honestly. Lots of talk, that’s what. I mean, stories and fuzzy cell-phone photos are nice and all — so we’ll keep doing that — but you want to ride, right?
So let’s get to it: useful stuff. Here’s the trip plan for Adventure Ride Guide. Please note: I reserve the right to change the order and make a mess of everything.
Tool kits – Small, light, multi-purpose
Camping equipment – You don’t need a shopping list of fancy gear
Luggage – More than just the “hard vs soft bags” debate
Clothing – Light, multi-purpose…and less than you think
Personal gear – Not personal like your underwear; other stuff
Selecting a route – Critical variables
Bike prep – Save yourself big headaches and long walks
Pre-departure – Reminders
Going for It
Navigation – Maps, compass, GPS, phones
Emergencies – Respond effectively when things go sideways
Fuel – You need gas. Maybe you already have gas, I don’t know. Don’t want to.
Alcohol stoves – Make a camp stove. Seriously: it’s a thing.
Cooking – Packing light and fuel-efficient
Food – Recommendations from a dreadful cook
Water – How much you need and how to carry it
Google is Gone
Electronics – You can’t take it (all) with you
Library – Yes, you need to take a library — no card, though, so that’s good
Drat! For some reason I got myself trapped in this “G” thing here, so…
Community – Find riders, rides and information
Bathroom – Come to think of it, it’s not actually a room…
Riding techniques – A few thoughts
Fitness – I don’t have this, but I hear it helps
Wilderness ethics – Take only pictures, leave only tire tracks
Oh, and Poodles. Remember to pack your Poodles. Goodles?