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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.
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Really enjoyed reading about your trips! Am planning to do the TAT in 21 month when I retire (but who's counting). Maybe I missed it but could you include a packing list to this thread or Mobius III? Looking forward to the next installment. Thanks!
Thanks, guys. Glad you're enjoying the trip... If we could, we'd be leaving on Mobius III tomorrow. (May 8th departure.)
Coincidentally I've been updating the master packing list today. It is an over-the-top, OCD Excel spreadsheet with each item categorized as... Francine's or mine, individual or shared gear, whether the item stays out west, stays with our bikes here in NYC, or travels back and forth. If it travels, whether it travels as carry-on or checked baggage (or shipped), where the item gets packed on the bike, etc. I can open the file on my Palm treo, and then sort the master list into all manner of useful variations... A quick list of only what needs to be left with the bikes in the storage unit, for instance.
What I've been doing is adding a column with notes and hyperlinks to the brand or store where I got the item, or an on-line review, etc.
I'm happy to send a copy to anyone who's interested... while it's created for two people traveling together and splitting up shared gear, it wouldn't be too hard to adapt it to solo traveling -- that's what I do when I camp by myself -- I sort the packing list to include only my individual items, plus both our shared items... ie. excluding LDF's individual items.
Kinda hard to explain... here's a screenshot...
The list is only ~270 rows ...if anyone wants a copy, shoot me a PM with your email address (no excel attachments for posts or PM's allowed) and I'll send it as an email attachment.
wow, that's quite a list.
did I read it correctly that there's a small shovel in the tankbag?
oh, did you get the new thermarests?? would love to hear what you think about them.
have a safe trip, and enjoy. looking forward to the RR
Hey Brian ,
It's a useful little tool, that small, collapsable shovel. Especially when Cowboy / stealth camping...
NeoAir's haven't shipped yet... I'm hoping to get them for this trip. Reviews make them sound awesome. We have the ProLite3's, and they're... meh. OK for a night. Or two. But not luxurious, and kind of narrow. The large NeoAir's pack down to the same size (nice) and are wider and thicker. Not self-inflating, though, so... we'll see.
I'm about to send out the Excel packing list to those who PM'd me, and while updating it with notes and hyperlinks to the items, it occurred to me that all this gear was accumulated gradually over a couple of years... and most of it deeply discounted when on sale. I'm looking at the retail prices and I'm thinking... this shit can be expensive if you wait 'till the last minute and have to buy it all at once.
On the other hand, one top-of-the line thermarest costs less than one night in the skeeviest nyc hotel. What is a good night's sleep worth out on the trail after a long hard day of riding. The stuff pays for itself when it's quality and you need it to function dependably, without drama, day after day, in extreme and austere conditions.
PM sent. Thanks!
Cant wait for Mobius III
+1 on a good sleeping pad. Pack size is a real dilemma. Last year I used the Thermo. Pro 3, packs pretty small. This year I've got the luxury camp (much better), but its really big so its a trade off.
Is it May 8th yet?
Hey, that's where we're headed...
Not sure if y'all saw this feature on Southern Utah in the NY Times travel section. Nice slide show.
BTW, just a reminder... if you're PM'ing me for a copy of the packing list... I need your email address since ADV doesn't allow excel spreadsheets to be attached to thread posts nor PM's.
Thanks for the So. UT link!
PM sent for list
Wonderful ride report, great pics, great writing. Thanks for sharing.
Any updates? May is here.
I saw Dr. Rock and LDF yesterday.
Their stuff is all packed and ready by the door.
Of course Dr. Rock is going to mess around on the computer, fixing GPS routes or checking snow depth, right till the very last minute.
Wait till you see the routes Dr. Rock has plotted. :eek1
Be patient, and we will all be rewarded with more great adventures and pictures.
Go Dr. Rock!
I can't believe you're up already, Q. That was fun drinkin' on a school night.
My head hurts. Dunno if we're going to make the Ear tonight. LDF sounded pretty wiped when we spoke this morning.
Updates: We've been fighting over whether she should take two pairs of nylon convertible pants, or one.
We're really cutting down to the minimalist bone this trip. Smaller, lighter, and less. The advice of "setting out all your stuff, and only packing half" can only be done so many times. When you're down to one t-shirt -- what are you gonna do, cut it in half?
Still, I think I've got her beat:
Ready (almost) for car service 9:15am Friday.
Is here: http://tinyurl.com/Mobius-3-track
Disclaimers: We're flying out Friday, but won't be rolling until Monday morning, May 11th. Sat. & Sun we'll be hanging in Flagstaff with the family, and taking care of some bike maintenance. Don't Panic.
When tracking, Spot sends out a beacon once every 10 minutes, however, in my testing, only about 80% get through, fewer in cloudy weather or dense forest. So don't worry if it isn't updating for a while.
[Note: The shared tracking page above expires if too many people open it in a seven day period (500 visits/week), however, if you leave the page open and just check for new tracking messages it's fine. You don't need to leave the page open for the whole two weeks, just don't open and close it every ten minutes to check our progress (ahem, you know who you are).]
I'd like to publicly thank our "Spotters": Ethan (urbancowboy), Steve, (vfr870), and John (Speez). Thanks for covering our backs. You're the best. Remember... no news is good news!
Flagstaff, AZ to Reno, NV. Just shy of 2000 mi. in 13 days riding. Seen below with today's NOAA snow depth overlay. The green line is Mobius III, the yellow was Mobius II.
Looks like the only remaining snow trouble spots are the Tushar range in UT, and the Sierras in CA. I've got a few alternate routes plotted, so we can play it by ear when we get there.
enjoy, I'll be watching the spot page - and awaiting the RR when you return.
Through the miracle of technology that is SmugMug, we had a bunch of custom stickers made (kids love stickers) which we will be affixing to various, nefarious, discreet and indiscreet locations along our route. ie. Under bar stools, inside holding cells, eye-level in bathroom stalls, particularly noteworthy brothels, etc. We'll see if anyone can find any of them and posts photos of them up here. Sort of our own little Mobius tag-o-rama.
(the link on the sticker is to this thread, btw).
Can't wait for part 3!
yayy!!!! I've been waiting for the two of you to get back on the trail, your adventure has been just AH-mazing to read!
My boyfriend and I are heading up to Jellico with a group of friends on May 22nd to begin our 10 day journey across the eastern section of the TAT. I only hope that our adventure is HALF as exciting as yours has been
Here's to another safe and memorable trip for the two of you........we'll be following in your tire tracks over the next few years!
...nuff said, now let's get rolling! And I want to hear more color commentary from LDF this time (if you please)! :huh