Starting from my Top 10 List, I have a bicycle, water bottles, safety flag, helmet. Said bicycle has been cleaned and tire liners have been installed. The brakes and shifters are in working order. I have added a second water bottle cage. The rear rack has been used to mount panniers. I bought this bike in February 2010 and named it "mi corazón azul" because it reminded me of Côte d'Azur (the French Riviera). My husband and I were living 90 miles apart and I was struggling with being separated from him. My heart was broken, since I had always wanted to live in San Diego (La Jolla) and I couldn't.
|SONY CYBER-SHARE DSC-T10 Digital Camera|
|KODAK EASYSHARE M530 Digital Camera|
The important tools to bring, to keep it lightweight, are: a pedal wrench, a link breaker, a multitool for allen wrenches, tire irons, a patch kit, spare tube, and a pump. Logan (on pedalingtonowhere) suggests extra rack bolts, zip ties, nuts, and a few chain links. Some of these tools fit in my seat bag, others will have to go in the panniers. I don't think I would bring extra spokes, but I have located a handful of bike shops along the way. I should bring bicycle lights, possibly spare batteries or the USB charging cables, and a headlamp for camping.
|This tent is over 12 years old... and weighs ~14 pounds|
The outfit I'm wearing above is part of what I will be packing for clothing. I'm definitely bringing my Adidas track suit. I will bring a windbreaker jacket. I will bring about 4 pairs of cycling shorts, my legwarmers, and 2 pairs of arm coolers (to prevent sunburn). I will bring about 4 pairs of socks and probably 4 sportsbras. I will probably bring only 2 jerseys, with sleeves. I will bring 2 t-shirts (one short-sleeved, one long-sleeved) and about 4 pairs of regular panties. It will be good at the end of the day to change into something clean, dry, and absorbant. 2 pairs of gloves (one full-fignered, one fingerless), and a long-sleeved winter jeresy. I'll bring my cycling cap and maybe also a hat for wearing around camp. I want to bring a pair of sunglasses for sure. I will also pack a reflective vest for safety.
The toiletries that I'll bring include: face wash, face sunscreen, body sunscreen, chamois butt'r, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo/conditioner, and cooling foot creme. I hope to have room for the addaday roller and possibly a racquetball for self-massage. J/K no room for those. A clothesline is a good idea, along with laundry soap that could be used for washing clothes. I will also pack a small towel or washcloth. I added contact lenses, contact lens case, contact lens solution, glasses, glasses case, sunglass case. I added body glide, a hair comb, and face lotion.
For food, I'm stymied. We had originally planned on having a chase vehicle so I bought a bunch of gus and gels. But carrying 15 pounds of Clif bars and blocks seems a bit ridiculous. I have been pouring over a book, Bicycling the Pacific Coast, that details where you can find bike shops and grocery stores along the route. I'll probably just load up my panniers with the essentials and weigh them. Amtrak has a 50 pound limit, which I hope I won't get anywhere near, per bag. I'll just add/subtract until the bags are balanced and reasonable.
I'm reminded of scenes from the movie Wild where Cheryl Strayed thought she had it all and she learned along the way what was necessary and unnecessary. I packed a mini-first aid kit with different shaped bandaids, sterile pads, athletic tape, triple-acting antibiotic oitment and Aleve.