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Offline Jackalope

Good non essential items
« on: May 02, 2004, 06:57:02 am »
What items have you brought on a tour that weren't essential, but make your trip a whole lot more pleasant?

The two things I bring with me.. my solar power hand crank coleman radio.  I also never tour without my stuffed jackalop, hence my name.  When touring solo the Jackalope keeps me great company and is a fun conversation starter when I pull into a town.  And I can not live without music, so the radio has become essential.  


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Good non essential items
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2004, 11:09:13 am »
Hmm...

...one of those small, keychain sized thermometers, and a frisbee.



Offline TwoWheeledExplorer

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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2004, 01:32:45 pm »
I started carrying a small Bible with me when I was a missionary to Russia, biking from village to village. I never stopped. I also carry a Daiwa Silvercast collapsible rod, reel and a few ultra-light lures, all in their own case. Finally, I usually have a book to read. In the past couple years I have read Undaunted Courage, The Journals of Lewis and Clark, Fire on the Mountain, Doctor on Everest, The First Big Ride, Miles From Nowhere and several other biking and wilderness books while bikepacking. This year I have Against the Wind,  Above the Circle and am waiting for the July publication of Twenty-Nine Hills A Great Divide Mountain Bike Epic, all by Marty Basch, as my books for this season. (No, I don't carry more than one at a time.)

Ride safe,
Hans

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Offline wanderingwheel

Good non essential items
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2004, 07:36:08 pm »
A camp chair.  My mascot is a pelican, but I would never consider that nonessential.  I gave up on the radio due to its poor reception and expensive battery habit.

Does a large tent count?  Afterall, I could always travel with a smaller tent.

What about items you thought were necessary but eventually stopped carrying?  I dropped my flashlight after I realized I was never awake after dark.

Sean


Offline crabbe

Good non essential items
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2004, 05:15:31 am »
a bottle opener, antibacterial hand cleaner, toilet paper


Offline alh

Good non essential items
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2004, 03:13:42 am »
A 1 cup coffee maker. Much more civilized than instant coffee.

A couple of airline sized bottles of my favorite alcholic beverage. Nothing like a small celebration after a memorable day.

A small pair of binoculars for wildlife spotting.

I once met a fellow on the TransAm trail with a cot strapped to his bike--he did not like sleepng on the ground!

Al.


Offline TwoWheeledExplorer

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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2004, 12:04:00 pm »
Two other things I just remembered: (They are so automatic, I guess I didn't consider them "non-essentials.")

A camera. I used to carry a point and shoot 35mm, and some extra film. Now I have a digital camera and a spare memory card.

A FRS/GMRS/Weather radio. We may have a couple FRS (Motorola "Talkabout") radios in a group ride, and on patrol we usually all have them. More important are the NOAA weather channels to keep track of what tomorrow might bring!

Ride safe,
Hans

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Offline Jackalope

Good non essential items
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2004, 08:09:23 am »
I imagine my next tour might include the silk hammock my sister bought for me in Bali.  Completely non essential, but the thing weighs about half a pound and is oooooooooohhh so comfortable.  Especially on days off :)


Offline driftlessregion

Good non essential items
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2004, 02:08:47 am »
Ditto the camp chair for the long Thermarest pad. A few oz. of 16 yr old Scotch.


Offline hoogie

Good non essential items
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2004, 11:44:07 pm »
Lightweight polyprop thermal tops [x2] ... took them with me on my South Australia tour in 2001 ... area was experiencing 30+degC heat, up to 41degC on some days ... didn't wear them, but they came in handy as a pillow at nights!

Stovetop mini espresso maker ... bought for the next tour ...

Best item I have forgotten to take with me ... camera [last two major tours!]

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Offline perpster

Good non essential items
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2004, 08:42:11 pm »
deck of cards


Offline veithurst

Good non essential items
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2004, 04:10:54 pm »
My dog.  At 60 lbs she's no lightweight, especially when riding in the trailer, but her entertainment value is unbeatable.  She's also an excellent early-warning system, kills every bug in the tent at bedtime, is great at helping to pull our load up big hills and thinks everything I do is fascinating!