The thread on what books you carry got me thinking, what sort of recreational / comfort items do you carry with you on a tour?
As for me, I always carry a recorder (the musical instrument type, not the electronic device type). I don't play well, but I amuse myself with it, love sitting by a lake and playing what ever tune wanders thur my brain. Years ago while driving to Alaska, I spent the nite in a town in northern BC (I think it was BC), called, if memory serves me, Toad River. I sat by the lake and actually got into a duet with a flock of loons. (the birds, not the crazy people type)
I also have a sony MiniDisk player, can put about 5 hours of music on one disk the size of a floppy, runs forever on 1 AA battery. I can carry that and enough music to last forever and not get more than 8 oz of weight.
What's in your pannier?
Who thinks that the plasma TV, Sat. Dish and Surround sound would be too heavy to carry.