Hi, this is my first post to the LD forum.
I'm planning to do my first 400 km ride this weekend (Ottawa to Oshawa, Ontario) and I am just wondering how much equipment I should bring.
Now normally, this would be a two day ride and no big deal for me, but my plan this time is to do it all in one shot. The first half from Ottawa to Kingston is 180 km and I have done this ride a few times before. Thus, I intend to start off in the dark, and aim to arrive in Kingston just after sunrise. The second half, Kingston to Oshawa (suburb of Toronto), is a new route for me so I am doing it during the day. It is about 240 km and since it is during the day I will be able to refuel in the numerous towns along the way.
Basically, it is only the 180 km night ride that I am a bit concerned about. The roads are very low-traffic, I have good lighting and one of those safety reflective vests as well. So I'm not too worried about visibility. However, there probably won't be any opportunities to resupply because I'll be going through small towns in the middle of the night.
Can I get some advice on what to bring? I have a saddle bag which has two tubes, patch kit, tire boots, spoke wrench, multi tool, and room for my wallet and cell phone. I usually carry food in my jersey pockets and two water bottles on the bike. I do have panniers but I feel like they're overkill for this. On the other hand, I am used to stopping at stores on my long rides to resupply.
So what would you guys pack on a ride like this?