Hello fellow avid cyclists!
I decided to give myself a 2-week vacation and plan a solo ride from Brooklyn, NY to Rutland, VT and return. I'm not quite sure why most of my friends don't see this is actually considered a vacation
I have numerous centuries under my belt, but nothing of a tour to this extent.
Approx 550 miles round-trip. I have a place to stay around mile 65 then again around mile 105 (and return). The waypoint is at approx. 270 where I will stay for 3 days. In between I plan to stay at camp sites, or just find an area to set up a tent for the night. Where I am currently at:
What going into my bag/on bike
- Planning the route - Go all the way up through NY then over to VT? or Cut to MA from Poughkeepsie then up to VT (decisions)
Looking up the national map
Researching bike shops
Need more gear (bike rack, rack trunk, hydro bakpack, tent) - any suggestions on these would be great
Toolkit of all accessories and patch kits
Tons of Protein bars and gels - again product suggestions are welcome.
Many, many socks
2 Thermal Bottles
Lots of aspring, advil,
Neosposrin and other bandage stuff/ ace bandages/wraps
Cell phone with backup battery and additional external charger.
Duct tape - because you always can find a use for duct tape
Chain degreaser and lube
I would appreciate any tips & tricks from you experienced riders. I know that whatever I think I have prepared enough, will not be enough - as well as the fact those days I think I can tackle another 60 miles through the hills up north will instead end up being 30 miles while my legs are crying at yet another 18% grade
I look forward to hearing your suggestions.