I bought an LHT in January to use for commuting with the possibility of touring. The bike is well outfitted, but the front rack has mostly seemed to be useless, as I haven't had the time (or money) to tour.
As luck would have it, I had a couple of free days. I decided to ride 35 miles to a campground, stay the night, and ride back.
I ran across a guy on tour at the campground, and I ended up with a 120-mile, two-day adventure. I think I would have made it three days if I didn't have to work tomorrow.
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