I had a ton of vacation days and not going anywhere populated due to COVID. So when the weather looked nice with little rain for a week I managed to convince (e:terry) to come a trip across the Erie Canal trail.
The trail itself is about 350 miles if you go from canalside to Albany.
It's mostly flat since most of it follows the existing or old canal.
We really committed to going on the 20th, leaving the 21st. I felt like we were going to be woefully unprepared somehow but figured there's towns across the way.
We each brought two panniers.
Packing list for future trips:
- tire lever
- patch kit
- two 700cx35 presta tubes
- adjustable wrench
- portable frame pump, bought the Topeak road morph G on recommendation from Ricks
- 4 shirts
- bike shorts and sporty shorts
- regular shorts
- 5 pairs of socks and 1 pair of underwear
- hat each
- 2 rain jackets
- 1 pillow
- light blanket
- heavy 4 person coleman tent
- light blanket
- two inflatable sleeping pads
- purple cabbage
- cliff bars
- cashews and almonds
- 2 metal water bottles
- Paul's old macbook air for work emergency
- big ol power brick, 50,000mAH
- Terry brought kindle and switch
Twixxie and Ernie the sheep for trip mascots :sheep:
The tent was the heaviest and bulkiest thing but I didn't want to commit to buying a lighter one if this worked. I figured there should be water along the way to hobo wash our clothes/selves.
It all fit pretty well in our bags and actually we had a lot of room left over.
Tent and pads had to be strapped to our rear racks but bungees did the job.