Shit. We're really planning to cycle 2000km through Scotland and England in 4 days time.
Our prep has been just as we envisage the cycling; slow, steady, and fuelled by generous and frequent food and drink stops. Hospitality conquers all. Having managed to service the bikes last week, this week sees a delicate level of attention fall upon what we plan carry with us for the 2-3 weeks. After consulting the scarily attentive and detailed world of bike touring internet forums, there seems to be 2 polar opposite schools of thought regarding bicycle travel. On the one end of the spectrum are the beautiful and liberated hippy throwbacks. They cycle on old mountain bikes found in waste dumps a short walk from home. They scorn anyone traveling with gadgets which require re-charging, and go with the wind. Wearing hemp t-shirts and swimwear, these people wild camp along the roadside, pick berries and leaves for fuel, wash in streams and lakes, and have no pressing 'must finish by' timeline. Bastards. On the opposite end of the scale, there are the people with high-end and expensive touring bicycles. They travel with GPS, wi-fi, a mobile photography studio, luxury 4-man tents, designer cycling clothes, and an 'off the bike' wardrobe to match. These items are carried in waterproof bags, and carefully attached to their bikes. They have the option of camping or paying for the nicer hotels.
We like to think of ourselves as swinging gently towards the hippy end of the scale, with a liking of Apple products, and a discerning taste in mid-range B&B's.
On all the LEJOG or JOGLE travel blogs it seems the done thing to post your packing list, so without further ado, please find ours detailed below...
For the Bike:
Puncture repair kit
2 x spare inner tubes
1 rear rack and bag (for Emily)
1 backpack (for Glenn)
For the Riders:
2 x cycle jerseys
2 x padded cycle shorts
Sports bra (Emily only)
2 pairs of cycle socks
Sporks (to aid supermarket lunch stops)
Laminated maps & direction notes
For the Pubs:
T-shirts & jumpers
For the National Grid:
2 x iPhones
Selfie-Stick (don't hate, it's just for this trip)
For the Soul:
2 x pens
NYC Bike Snob journal
Wednesday afternoon, 13.30. Mara's done with the Van Gogh, and Emily's finished early. Time for lunch.