A trailer question for my first bike overnighter
I'm looking at an overnight trip that is really more of a fishing trip than a bike trip, but a friend wants to go on bike, and who am I to argue?
We're looking at going to a small lake that's about a mile and a half of fairly sandy trail from the trail head. We made the trip last night, but really wished we could spend the night so we could fish it without having to ride home in the dark, without headlights (which we did) and be able to fish in the morning. Like I said, we could easily walk in with backpacks, but there are a lot of trails and an old homestead cabin a couple miles away I'd like to show him and biking would be a fun way to do it.
We are not experienced mountain bikers. I've done a decent amount of riding over the summer on pavement. He has not, but is a very experienced dirt bike trail rider. We've started considering gear that would be nice to have, but neither of us have luggage capacity on the bikes we're planning on riding. His theory is to wear a large back pack to a spot by the lake, ditch it at camp and ride on when we feel like it. I've been considering hooking up my son's trailer and using it to haul my gear. We were also considering bringing waders (remember, I said it's more of a fishing trip) and I'm having trouble figuring out how else to pack them. I also have a pack that I use for backpacking, but am not crazy about riding with it. I don't know how the trailer would do with sand. Most of the trails should be wide enough to accommodate the trailer.
If you were going to do a (very short) ride on a bike without proper luggage, would you go for a backpack or trailer if you were going to ride through sand?