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Lessons Learned - Florida

Old 06-27-08, 07:30 AM
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Lessons Learned - Florida

I just completed another training ride for my Southern Tier trip this fall....left Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm, went to St Augustine....day 2 was to Cocoa, day 3 was to ft Pierce, then over to Okeechobee, and wed. was in to Ft Myers.

On day 1, I rode thru heavy rain.....no problem, do it all the time.....however, problem was on day 2.... need to bring mesh bags to put wet clothes in to dry as we are riding the next day (draped over and tied to racks) , I had to put very damp clothes in pannier as there was no washer/dryers at the motel, and hanging them in front of the air conditioner Sunday pm didn't really get them dry.....jammed all dry clothes in one pannier,and all other stuff in with damp clothes....this time I will bring a small garbage bag or two with me, so I can take damp clothes in mesh bag to dry in sun, throw into garbage bag and jam into pannier if it starts to rain, and not worry about getting other stuff damp......need to be aware of this, as we certainly will be riding in rain.......day 2, I again had heavy rain showers......found that riding with wet gloves got uncomfortable after 50 miles or so....I had brought a second set of gloves....suggest this as a "must"....let my first set dry out in the mesh attachment to my panniers......

Similar issue....I wear a headband to keep the sweat out of my eyes......about half way thru the day, it is soaked, so I changed it out...I carried 3 with me......two were looped over my front light drying out in the air as I rode.....one was on, one was dripping, and one was damp getting drier....

these are just the little things that were an issue as I came down from JAX......common sense stuff, that we all know, but never think to plan for....at least I hadn't thought about it

Other really dumb issue.......when you have clothes drying in mesh bags on side of pannier......you need to move them into a dry place, as it starts to rain again, or it kind of defeats the whole purpose.....noted that as I proceeded to ride allllllll day Monday with wet gloves... gloves were almost dry by noon, tstorms arrived about 12:30.....duhhhhhh
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Old 06-27-08, 11:36 AM
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I just bungee my wet clothes on top of my tent and sleeping bag on the rear rack.
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