Iím planning a solo weekend ride in August along the C&O Canal Towpath from Cumberland to home in the DC area. Iíve been wanting to do this ride for many years, and finally have the bike, equipment and time to do it. This is my first multiple-day ride, so Iím looking for your advice on trip planning. I ride about 150 miles a week, so conditioning is not a concern. I have ridden on the C&O Towpath hundreds of times as far as Harperís Ferry to DC. Part of my daily commute is along the close-in towpath.
Logistics are to drive to Cumberland, ride the first day to Williamsport (85 miles), overnight in a hotel, then home the next day (85 miles). Sunday evening, Iíll take the train back to Cumberland to pick up the car and drive home. I knows this is not really a big ride, but since itís my first, I want to be prepared, and build on this experience for more substantial touring.
Here is a picture of the bike in touring configuration.
My packing list is as follows, with everything in the trunk bag, seat bag, stuff sack (bungeed on top of trunk bag) jersey pockets, or mounted to the bike:
Food - gels, powerbars, two water bottles on frame, two extra water bottles in trunk bag, all meals and water bottle refills at stops along the way
Equipment - light, trunk bag (w/rain cover), stuff sack
Repairs - 2 tubes, patch kit, multitool, pump, CO2 inflator, 2 spare cartridges, nitrile gloves, tyvek boot, tire gauge, lube, tire levers, spare link, zip ties
Clothing - cycling shoes, socks, lycra jersey, padded shorts, rain jacket, change of clothes for evening (t-shirt shorts, underwear, socks), gloves, headband, helmet
Supplies - insect repellant; bandaids; sunscreen; wipes, plastic bags
Other items - iPhone, glasses, contact lens case, sunglasses, cash, credit card, drivers license, route info printout
Iím trying to travel as light as possible. The big question is: am I missing any crucial items? Any advice would be welcome.