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post #1 of 16 Old 08-04-2014, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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The First Overnight

I am planning my first overnight trip (3 hrs, across state lines, to visit my brother's grave). It should be an emotional trip and I'm looking forward to a few solo hours on the bike. I do have a few questions in preparation.

1. I am planning on staying overnight in a camp ground. Since it's just me, I am going home after the trip, I don't care if I stink, and I am not far from civilization, what should I bring? Keep in mind, I have no panniers, and only a tank bag. I am looking to keep this as minimal as possible.

I have:
a. Tent (currently a two-man, looking to invest in a one-man)
b. Sleeping bag
c. Inflatable mattress pad

2. How would you pack? Keeping in mind I have no panniers. I've looked on the forum and haven't seen much except for long hauls. Are there any threads out there?

3. I will be traveling a few toll roads (maybe). Does anyone have any recommendations for how to handle tickets and payment without storing cash in a wallet in your back pocket?

Thanks for the tips.

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post #2 of 16 Old 08-04-2014, 04:20 PM
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I carry a bed roll in 10 of the 12 months. Much smaller than a sleeping bag , so you could save a bit of room there. I also carry baby wipes , in the event that a shower isn't possible , at least a quick clean up of all the ugly areas can take place. I rarely use a mattress , save more room. Throw about 10 ones in your tank bag for easy access at toll roads. Although emotional , enjoy your trip to the fullest.

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biggest thing you will have to worry about is rain and flats.

I carry around this under my seat... hopefully never to be used
Stop & Go Tubeless Puncture Pilot - RevZilla

as for rain, even with rain gear... you will probably get wet... so keep you clothes in a garbage bag or something to keep them dry... I also carry a bunch of ziplock type sandwich bags to put my wallet/money/registration etc in.. good for phones and ipods too.

for tolls... keep some cash/change in a ziplock in your tank bag. use an EZ pass... but I commute on a toll road so I use it all the time.. might not be worth it is you don't take toll roads frequently.

other then that... don't try to push straight through... find a rhythm for breaks and take you time.

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post #4 of 16 Old 08-04-2014, 04:35 PM
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A large dry bag strapped on the back will carry most of your stuff and keep it dry. I've gone to that for up to three nights trips instead of the panniers. Back packing tent and sleeping bag compress really small. Sleeping pad will fit inside the dry bag if it's big enough. One change of clothes and a few toiletries. Tank bag and tail bag on back of the seat carries other personal items, camera, rain suit, etc. You might want to stay with the two man tent. More room to move around in and space for your other gear at night.
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post #5 of 16 Old 08-04-2014, 04:48 PM
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I do similar

Have a large Walmart duffle bag
Everything fits in it
Then take a tarp/ground cloth and wrap it around like a
burrito or egg roll,,,, bungee onto the passenger seat.
You may need a board etc to keep it stiff
also additional bungees so it doesn't flap and break down
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On the cheap! Any bag will work. If not water proof, put you items in a heavy plastic yard debris bag, then into whatever carry bag you have, strap to seat and you're good. Cash is always in my tank bag for easy reach. Ride safe, enjoy your first overnight and my condolences to you for your brother.

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I also carry baby wipes , in the event that a shower isn't possible
Round these parts, we call that a 'hooker shower'..........

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1.) sounds good to me

2.) Depending on the packed size of your tent, sleeping bag, and mattress; I'd stop at Wal-Mart and pick up a 41 Liter dry bag. I think they are about $10-12.

3.) For toll roads, I use an I-Pass. Since you are in PA, an EZ-Pass might be acquired easier.

Like you said, you will not be far from civilization so you pick up or fix anything missing. Go for it and enjoy.

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1. Take a bar of soap in case the campground has showers. Chances are you'll be glad you did.
2. I strap my two-man tent to my rear plate and put my 60-liter Hi-Viz dry bag (that holds my sleeping bag, air mattress, Kermit chair, pillow, toiletry kit, fleece jacket and clothes line) atop that and strap it down with RokStraps.
3. I got an E-Z Pass (aka FastPass) transponder intended for mounting on the inside of a car's windshield, spraypainted it black and zip-tied it to the front of my bike under my windscreen. Fumbling for cash at toll booths sucks.
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-04-2014, 09:12 PM
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The most important part of your cargo is a "CAN-DO" attitude.

I have toted that quite a few miles in over fifty years.

I have seen a lot of stars and got wet a lot of times, and had more fun
than you can imagine, in several dozen states and every province.

F'r instance.
April 30 2014, I awakened in a motel, one day and 700 miles from home
in North Carolina. I headed northeast, and soon encountered an
intersection at which the traffic lights had no power.

As I said, I have experience.

I concluded that there was a power outage, of unknown extent.
I was low on fuel, and I did not want to try to span the outage, so I
turned around and bought fuel as soon as I could.

With a full tank, I headed into the darkness (actually it was daylight,
so the darkness was metaphorical), which lasted twenty minutes.

Anyway, I rode a long distance that day, and experienced a ruined
rear tire and several hours of rain. It was all fun, including the ten-
minute interval when I was perplexed about how to put my new gloves
onto wet hands.

They simply WOULD. NOT. GO.

OK, so I went back into the washroom and used the hand-drier to
make my hands dry and slippery enough to go into the dang gloves.

I think the word is PERSEVERE.

We ride these rickety doo-hickuses and encounter all sorts
of tribulations, so the ticket is to tribulate enough to make
it over the obstacles and get to our destinations and have
stories to tell the people who sell the beer, and the other
people who sit down with us to drink it.

Sometimes the stories are DIRE ... did I tell you about the
ten-wheeler which backed over me and totalled the bike,
and four of the wheels went over ME? Well, never mind.

I am here and upright and riding and so are you.

Next time you see the moon,
consider how far it is from you.
I have ridden that distance.

I am on my way back now.
Odds are I won't make it.

I will.


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