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Old 05-24-18, 07:26 AM
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Bike-ation begins. PIT - DC - My packing list

So it begins. I'm still typing this at work but if I can jet out of work by 3pm that would be awesome. Bikes are on the car, panniers are packed, ready to start the long drive to Washington DC.

This morning I discovered I had a flat tire. A result of changing the tires a few days ago for sure. I hope it was just a matter of not tightening the valve properly. I'll check it throughout the day and if change the tube if necessary. This could be a blessing as I discovered that my innertube patching kit glue is dried out. I'll stop at the LBS to buy a few last minute things.

Packed:
Tent - HMG Mid
Inflatable pad - Nemo
Sleeping bag - Nemo quilt (35 degreees)
Biking pants - Ibex Bike knickers (2 pairs)
utensils - MSR titanium spork
Biking shirts - Fjallraven Abisko Trail (2 pairs)
Sleepware - ultrathin merino longjohns and long sleeve top.
hot weather top - icebreaker merino tank top (might leave it in the car at the last minute)
rain gear - Warmlite Rain Poncho and Marmot precip jacket (might leave precip jacket in the car at the last minute)
socks - Darn Tough ultrathin merino running socks (2 pairs)
shoes - Axiom Biking shoes/sneakers
shorts - Patagonia Baggies with the inner mesh cut out
bandana - in case of heat I will soak it in water and wear under helmet, draped in the back
kettle - MSG Titanium kettle
stove - Fancy Feest alcohol stove
knife
meals - 6 freeze dried meals, 4 snack bars, Few packets of Starbucks via, CUSA tea packets, 6 packets of instant oatmeal
drinking cup - kuksa
laundry - collapsible water basin
soap/shampoo/toothpaste/laundry - Dr.Bronners
other toiletries - deodorant stick, razor, comb, hiking towel, tp
reading - Amazon Kindle
camera - Olympus T3
battery pack - Quick Charge Portable Charger
game - travel carcassonne
nip - flask with homemade limoncello
headlamp - Petzl
bike lights - NR Lumina front, NR rear flashing light
bike tools - multitool with chain tool, 2 tire levers,Wolftooth masterling combo pliers, 1 innertube, 1 patch kit, 1 air pump, 2 compressed air cartridges
drinking bottles - 1 Nalgene, 1 bike bottle, 1 MSR Dromedary (added after a recollection)

That's all I can recall from memory. I probably forgot something that's in those panniers ... ;-)

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Bring some extra water unless you like the taste of iodine.
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Hot summer this week in the forecast. May the wind always be at your back.
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I forgot to add I have MSR dromedary packed in the panniers. Hopefully this will help when we camp to go fetch good water and use it until the morning of departure.

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Just wanted to mention that there are a lot of closures on the C&O. I hope you are aware of them and have planned accordingly. There is more info here:
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Yes. I saw the reports. Hope for the best when we get to the closures but ready to do the detour when necessary.

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Just wanted to mention that there are a lot of closures on the C&O. I hope you are aware of them and have planned accordingly. There is more info here: https://www.facebook.com/chesapeakea...63786490351311
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The thing I found, was that I really didn't need to bring much food. I bought it every day as in town. There were plenty of stores along the way.
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Just got done today with a 5 day GAP/C&O. Only storm related detour that remains is a washout/bridge out at Brunswick. If you are crafty you can go through the woods, up the RR track bank, past the missing bridge and back down. Rock bed is steep, lose and watch for trains and no doubt multiple trips for bags and such but way better than the offical detour in my opinion. Things change daily, I crossed a temp bridge somewhere else so maybe they will put one there soon too or maybe other sections will fall apart and new detours added.

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Finished yesterday...7 days of great fun! Thanks for all the advice.
We are still in the process of reaching home in Maine. I may post a link to photos with a report...later.






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Yes. I didn't even take the bags off. Carried it up and over the railroad




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Just got done today with a 5 day GAP/C&O. Only storm related detour that remains is a washout/bridge out at Brunswick. If you are crafty you can go through the woods, up the RR track bank, past the missing bridge and back down. Rock bed is steep, lose and watch for trains and no doubt multiple trips for bags and such but way better than the offical detour in my opinion. Things change daily, I crossed a temp bridge somewhere else so maybe they will put one there soon too or maybe other sections will fall apart and new detours added.

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Originally Posted by alan s
Bring some extra water unless you like the taste of iodine.
+1 on this. Some of the pumps had water that I found decidedly unpalatable. I would consider taking a filter since some now only about 2 ounces.
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I second that. The water quality overall freaked me out.


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+1 on this. Some of the pumps had water that I found decidedly unpalatable. I would consider taking a filter since some now only about 2 ounces.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
+1 on this. Some of the pumps had water that I found decidedly unpalatable. I would consider taking a filter since some now only about 2 ounces.
The water is safe to drink though. I brought some Gatorade mix to make the water taste better when I had to use it.
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