Essentials & Misc – 5.5 kgs
Not much interesting stuff in here at all. We really just have the essentials and other items, which didn’t belong in the other categories.
I guess the oddest pieces of equipment we have in here are the trekking poles and backpacks. Have any other cycling travellers ever carried such items? Well the reason for the trekking poles is that we both like trekking and these poles are very useful for going up hills and even more so when coming down them – the old football knees tend not to like hills.
The backpacks are just one of those things that I believe will come in handy. If we leave the bikes in a hotel and want to explore the town or city, these will be our day packs. If we wish to go for a three or four day hike, these backpacks will carry our supplies. As I said; they could come in handy and if we don’t bring them, I know we will wish we had!
As we have previously said, we are not on a mission to circumnavigate the globe on bikes – that’s not the aim. We want to travel the world and bikes are the best option for us to do that. But if we see a good opportunity to climb a mountain, we want to be able to go. Having said that, these poles might have to stay at home as they could be a step too far, along with the skis and the snorkelling gear that I wanted to bring!
Nothing too thrilling here: