The Final Countdown

Let it be known that I hate packing.

I hate the mess it creates. I hate trying to guess what I'll want or need two weeks from now. I hate knowing that, despite writing multiple packing and reminder lists, I'm still going to forget something, and it'll probably be very important. I hate unpacking, too. But mostly just packing.

So on this blissfully cool and rainy Saturday, I am tasked with the unenviable job of packing. Oh and cleaning. That's just as bad.

To procrastinate having to do either of those, I decided to post one final update to the blog before we fly out on Wednesday. For our fellow gear heads and bikepacking junkies, here's a list of what we're riding and what we're bringing. Everyone else can just look at the pictures. That's what I do when I "read" blogs.



• 2017 Salsa Fargo Rival

• Maxxis Ikon tires 29 x 2.35

• Stans Crest rims

• rear I9 hub

• SON 28 15 dyno hub

• kLite Bikepacker Pro

• Sinewave Cycles Revolution USB charger

• Salsa EXP Anything Cradle + Dry Bag

• Oveja Negra Snack Pack (large)

• Revelate Mountain Feedbag x 2

• Surly branded Revelate Frame Bag

• Revelate Terrapin Seat Pack

• Acre Hauser 10L


• 2017 Giant Toughroad

• Maxxis Ikon tires 29 x 2.0

• Nite Ize Inova STS Bike Light

• Blackburn click USB light

• Oveja Negra Snack Pack (large)

• Homemade handlebar dry bag + harness

• Revelate Ranger Frame Bag

Green Guru Hauler


• 1 pair Giro Chrono Pro Short [Jess]

• 1 pair Giro Halter Bib [Jess]

• 1 pair Kitsbow Ventilated Base Short [Adam]

• 1 shortsleeve wool t-shirt [Jess]

• 1 shortsleeve polypro t-shirt [Adam]

• 1 set of wool baselayers

• 3 x socks (lightweight, medium, and heavy)

• town clothes [skirt for Jess, shorts for Adam]

• hat

• Giro Insulated Vest [Jess]

• Marmot fleece [Adam]

• Insulated synthetic puffy jackets

• Windbreaker

• Outdoor Research Helium rain jackets and pants

• gloves

• helmet

• clipless shoes

• butt kit [clotrimazole in spades]

• Kindle

• iPhones

• headphones

• camera

• power banks

• headlamps

• MSR Pocket Rocket + fuel

• MSR pot + 1 bowl

• 2 x sporks

• 2 x lighters

• Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags [Jess: 20 degree, Adam: 10 degree]

• Big Agnes Copper Spur MTN Glow UL2

• 2 x Therm-A-Rest NeoAirs

• Sea To Summit Aero Ultra Light Pillow

• Great Divide MTB Route map set

• Tenkara rod [Adam]

• tools, spare parts

• 2 x Sawyer Squeeze, full

• water bottles

If you're not already, follow along on Instagram or Strava!

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