Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Sandpoint, ID
Bikes: Felt 70, Novara Randonee
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First Camping Adventure a Success
It was probably too early to really camp but with new toys, one never waits for the right time......... spring break was my only chance to test the gear before summer. Bike REI Rondonne, Burley Nomad Trailer, Kelty Gunnison2 tent and Kelty +25 sleeping bag. 4 nights in temps below 25 gave me tremendous confidence in my tent and sleeping bag.......toasty warm! The bike was fitted with 22/36/46 in front and 11/34 in back and while I wasn't climbing the rockies, dropping down to the 22 was not necessary. Flat for the most part with gently rolling hills, a couple of 1000 foot climbs gave me a chance to feel how the trailer would feel on my legs. Highways had lots of semi traffic and I was pleased with the stability of both bike and trailer. With a short day of 43 and the longes just over 60 miles, my biggest problem was taking time to enjoy the ride. Suprisingly and without any intention, averaged just over 11.8 mph with 40 lbs of gear in the trailer and another 6 or 7 in the trunk. What I learned: experience really improves you abilty to pack and have "extra space", early risers who are perpetually in a hurry to get moving are at a huge disadvantage when the weather is wet and/or cold. Stop looking at your watch and computer, ride when you want, stop when you want and enjoy the moment! MUST find a better saddle!!!! (any suggestions?) And finally, I was most impressed with the ease and comfort the The Burley Nomad trailer worked with and for me. I've never used panniers but I now have even less inclination to try. That's my recap, thanks to all of riders who have gone before me, your insight and wisdom served me well on my maiden trip. Can't wait to get back on the road again!