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Old 09-07-08, 09:25 AM
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stokell
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I like to think I pack really light. On the last trip to Germany, I discovered that the yellow plastic banana safe a well-meaning friend had given me, really didn't fit bananas at all. At least not the bananas I found in Germany, so I gave it to a homeless person. I did that on my first tour. I got back to London with a broken weld on an old clunker I was riding, so I took off the panniers and gave the bum the bike. He was thrilled. The guy with the banana safe was perplexed. I left him holding it in his hand like a ..., well a banana safe.

I guess the bottom line is to do a few shakedowns before the big trip and only take the stuff you actually use.
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