Pretty pumped up tonight. My Surly Pugsley is packed in the Caravan, rigged out with backpacking gear ready for a 60 mile ride tomorrow on the Sunrise trail out of Ellsworth. This is a new one for me. I’m concerned about having the right gear, as the temps are supposed to go below freezing, and the cold front is accompanied by stiff winds. The trail follows an rails-to-trails project that extends up the Maine coast some 80 miles or so. The plan is to ride east up, sleep out somewhere, and then backtrack to the car.
I was surprised how easy it is to fit in all the gear I believe I need. The tent, and sleeping bag were strapped to the rear rack, and the bulk of the gear went into 2 small panniers that I had from 10 years ago, when I was commuting on a bike to work for a year. I also have a new Salsa frame pack that takes snacks, water bottle, electronics, and other items I want to get to easily. Panniers are currently thought of as passe, and are replaced by a seat pack, but I don’t see that as a good idea. I want the weight on my bike to be down a bit lower. I don’t want a top-heavy rig.