A buddy and I set out on a 200 mile, self supported tour last Wednesday. This is the first time either of us had done it before. We used Strava's Route Builder to create a 200 mile loop that started and ended in my driveway and accidentally found some really nice riding areas within an hour's drive of us in the process.
I used my 2014 Novara Verita and some Nashbar racks and bags for the trip. Hindsight being 20/20, I realize now that I way overpacked for the trip, but it was a good learning experience for the next tour. The total weight of the bike and gear was around 65 lbs. With me on the bike, probably closing in on 350 lbs total. I got some 36 spoke Velocity Deep V's with 105 hubs from Velomine, put some Specialized Infinity 32's on them and not only did they hold up, they stayed true through the whole trip. Rain, mud, chip seal, dirt roads, huge gravel roads, no problems. The bike and wheels held up fine for Clyde-sized touring. Reynolds 520 steel and 32mm tires make for some nice, smooth Clyde riding
I took about 180 pictures on the ride. Here are a few of the better ones:
Street murals in Clifton, TX. Didn't realize until after the fact that my jersey matched the Texas on the mural and that the bull was photobombing me.
Overlook Cafe @ Fossil Rim. The sign didn't say anything about bikes
Old Bridge in Clifton, TX
Nice river near Morgan, TX
Courthouse in Meridian, TX
Paluxy River in Glen Rose, TX
Cool bike shop/rest stop on the Brazos River in Waco, TX