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Old 12-08-15, 12:35 AM
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What's have you forgotten and how have you worked around it

Based on this post in the other thread about unusual things you take on tour:

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My contribution to the thread isn't what I take it's what I forgot. My wife and I went on tour and spent considerable time creating our gear list, food list, everything list. Flew to WA to start a ride down to Napa CA. Had a great first day and got to our first camp site and began to set up camp. @#$% @#$% @#$% I said. My wife asked what's up? I asked her if she could tell me what we forgot. She couldn't. It was a flashlight. Here in Alaska one simply does not need a flashlight in the summer. Never came into our mind that it would get dark. Of course it got dark. We spent hours that evening doing everything we could think of and we did it all in the dark. We did some things twice. It was a long time ago . Flashlight. Geez.
What have you forgotten that you haven't been able to go back for, and what sort of work-around (if there has been one) solved the problem?
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Old 12-08-15, 06:03 AM
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Once I forgot my eating utensils. I was sitting in a wooded area, and realized I was surrounded by readily-made chopsticks.

I lost the flashlight once. I went a week or so before replacing it. It just wasn't that important on my trip.

I forgot my knife and didn't realize it until I got home and saw it.

I lost tent stakes once. My engineering training came in handy on that trip.

I broke a tent pole, but was easily able to rig a replacement every night.

I didn't bring enough food at least once. I went hungry, but I didn't blow up. Been very thirsty a few times, too.

I forgot part of my tool kit once, but found an adjustable wrench on the road. Sometimes the road provides.

When I run out of TP, I just regress a bit.

I don't worry much about forgetting/breaking/running out of things any more. It seems there's always a way around it. The ultralighter's mantra is, "If you don't have it, you don't need it."

I'd like to hear some of your stories, Rowan.
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Old 12-08-15, 09:18 AM
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I forgot my stove once. I discovered this after I bought some alcohol for it and then couldn't find it. I called my wife who did find it in my garage and then overnighted it a stop 2 days away, as it was the weekend.

I simply carried raw food for my first two days of riding, eating breakfast at a diner I passed.
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We spent hours that evening doing everything we could think of and we did it all in the dark. We did some things twice.
Hey, this is a PG-13 forum.

I forgot things but I forgot what it was. Seriously. I may have forgotten my flashlight and used the standlight on my dynamo light. I do forget things and ride off during a tour. I forgot many lens caps that way, sunglasses, and my wallet (twice). First time I forgot my wallet, I rode back and it was gone. I got it in the mail weeks later with the cash still in it. Second time, I found it on the road less than an hour later, cards spread all over and the cash gone.
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Hey, this is a PG-13 forum.

I forgot things but I forgot what it was. Seriously. I may have forgotten my flashlight and used the standlight on my dynamo light. I do forget things and ride off during a tour. I forgot many lens caps that way, sunglasses, and my wallet (twice). First time I forgot my wallet, I rode back and it was gone. I got it in the mail weeks later with the cash still in it. Second time, I found it on the road less than an hour later, cards spread all over and the cash gone.
Who carries a flashlight. I just use my headlight that I take with me as a flashlight. I need for riding after dark so I have it with me anyways all the time.

I haven't taken a wallet with me on any of the four trips I've been on thus far. I always leave it at home. The past two years the only form of ID I've taken with me is an old drivers license that I cut off the photo and my name. Nothing else for ID, no address, no driver's license number, no birthdate, no nothing else. If someone tries to steal my stuff they don't get any pertinent information by stealing my ID, as the only thing they know is what I look like and my name. Yes, I've been pulled over by cops/have had cops bump into me overnight and want to see my ID and I show it to them and give them my address and birthday and then they can compare it to what the dispatch tells them when they call it in. ID protection at its best.
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Old 12-08-15, 05:32 PM
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I forgot ground coffee once. Workaround was to go to the store and buy some. Problem solved.
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Who carries a flashlight. I just use my headlight that I take with me as a flashlight. I need for riding after dark so I have it with me anyways all the time.

I haven't taken a wallet with me on any of the four trips I've been on thus far. I always leave it at home.
My headlight is dynamo powered and bolted to the rack. Not very useful as a flashlight. If your bike light isn't bolted to the bike like most battery headlights, you can forget it just the same.

If you fly, you need to carry some ID. I also have my health (with picture), debit and credit cards. I don't know how long your trips are but I need to buy stuff on the way. My point was that I put my wallet on something and rode off. The OP asked if we forgot something, and I did. Not sure what your point is other than being paranoid.

EDIT: How I managed to finish my tour without ID or cash... I had just enough food to make to the next town, thanks to an Aussie guy who shared some of his (and beer) the night before (and before I lost my wallet). Funny thing is, he stopped to chat before during the day. Then later, I stopped at a campsite and he was the only one there. He had been touring for a while and rented a car for some sections. At the bank, they asked a bunch of questions like my underwear color and issued a new bank card. I wasn't flying but had a boat reservation, but ID wasn't required. Everything went so smooth (there's longer version of the story). The second time I lost it (different trip), I would've been in trouble without money or ID. I was just glad I found it. Lost 80$ though. I should've have followed my own advice to separate bank and credit cards in case I lose one.

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Left the rain fly to a brand-new, really nice tent at a campground when hurrying to pack in the dark to catch a train. Had to buy a not as good but still ok replacement tent and mail 1/2 a tent home.
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