Been wanting to get into this for a while but haven't been able to take the time off work. Bought some bags from Jpaks and have been depressed just using them on my road commuter. Finally said "screw it" I'm just gonna ride this weekend. So I did. I can't wait to do this again. Ill have more time when the weather cools down since work slows drastically. Rode from home to a nearby national forest and spent the night. Planned to explore a lot more but unfortunately we had a pretty strong storm Saturday evening that kept us confined to my tarp. Good thing we had a flask of whiskey and gin rummy. Used my soma juice. Ended up slapping some gears on it with barcon shifters mounted on pauls thumbies set to friction mode for a 2x9. Unfortunately 3 miles after leaving home I somehow (no clue) tore my sidewall on my rear tire. Turned around and changed it out for a brand new knobby tire i had that I didn't want to succumb to road riding oh well, it got me there and I couldn't have been happier. I brought my pipe tobacco, whiskey, and plenty of coffee. I was set. In my hammock by 9 pm. Up by 7. Best night of sleep I've had in a while...
Gear I brought was overkill but I wanted tiger a feel for when I attempt multiple nights. Definitely had to stop a few times to re-secure my front bags from sagging Into my front wheel. Finally found the proper way to do it.
Let me know if y'all have any questions about gear/setup and whatnot. If you're new like me and are thinking about doing this, stop thinking and just do it. It's amazing. No other words to explain it.
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