so after all the messing about with kayaks and bikes and stuff over the holiday it’s time I got my act together and sorted my gear out for my departure in 6 days time… the gear pile is just about complete, pic below… only decision left is whether I take my 1-litre fuel bottle with an empty weight of 220gr or a 750ml one that weighs 160gr empty… hehe. 750ml of unleaded will last me 3 or 4 nights.. and if I get stuck an empty pop bottle is ok for carrying petrol.. It sounds silly, 60gr saving in the context of 16-17kg of gear but if I didn’t pay attention that could easily become 20kg with no additional ‘functional value’. The pic is slightly unrepresentative in that it shows my riding and non-riding clothes, i.e there is more here than will be in panniers on the road. The only things not shown are my cameras, cycling shoes and the tiny Asus netbook I decided to take with me. Bike in the background is my cross bike, not the one I’m taking with me :-)
another little bit of weight saving.. the cable for my camera chargers and netbook (yarr, I went all techy…).. I spent ages in Comet yanking all the netbook adapters out from behind the display, much to the annoyance of one employee.., to find one with a power cord common with my camera charger.. before going and getting a better deal elsewhere.. the point being that cable and plugs weigh loads. Electrical outlets in S America are either two pin round or US-style flat, so I’ve got one power cord for everything now cut down to about 8 inches long with a light US two pin plug grafted on to it and a tiny adapter for round pins. Saves a heap of weight over those travel adapters you get at airports. as for cameras, I’m ashamed to admit I decided I wasn’t going to carry 5 months worth of film so sadly leaving my Zeiss Ikon/MP at home… instead taking a Panasonic GF1 and an LX3 as backup…. :-|
In the end I elected not to bother with a solar charging solution for cameras and laptop, they are available but for these devices need some oomph and hence weigh generally more than 500gr… the netbook battery lasts 6hrs plus and spare camera batteries weighs just few grams so given I only expect to camp 4 or 5 days in a row before staying in a town somewhere I reckon I’ll manage. Just taking the little Freeloader Pico for my iPod.
….only other things left to do are get spare set of keys cut for my neighbours to hold on to and cover up/lock down the kayaks in the garage… the little yellow post-its are almost all gone now :-)