Twas the Night before takeoff

If there is one thing I hate to do, it’s pack. I’m absolutely one of those types who likes to procrastinate to the last possible moment and then try to cram it all in. Given that I was going to be gone for six weeks and not just a weekend, I tried to be a bit more proactive than I usually am. I came up with a list rather then just throwing it all in a suitcase. So what does someone bring on a trip like this? I really did not know so I started off with a list from a a buddy at work who did a cross country trip by motorcycle as well as some of my own research online. I only have 124 liters of space and the passenger seat, both of which goes fast. So here is the list that I came up with:

Bike accessories

  • Small toolkit
  • Manual
  • Tire gauge
  • Tire repair kit
  • Two bike locks
  • Spare bike key
  • *Chain oil
  • Three rags
  • Hex Keys
  • Screwdrivers
  • Bar End

Riding gear

  • Jacket
  • Pants
  • Boots
  • Boot Laces
  • Rain Gear
  • Riding Gloves
  • AJ Gloves
  • 10 pairs of earplugs
  • Sunglasses
  • OR and WA maps


  • Cell phone and adapter
  • Digital camera
  • Laptop


  • Two pairs of jeans
  • Two pairs of shorts
  • 5 pairs of underwear and socks
  • Four t-shirts (one LS)
  • Two Nice shirts (and undershirts)
  • Running shoes
  • fleece
  • Running gear (sneakers, shorts, t-shirt, shell)
  • Long underwear
  • Bike shorts
  • Flip flops
  • Swim trunks
  • Workout shorts


  • Towel
  • Brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Spare glasses
  • Contact lens holder
  • *Contact lens fluid
  • Three sets of contacts
  • Bar soap
  • *Shampoo
  • Chapstick
  • Razor
  • Hand cream
  • Suntan lotion

Diabetic Stuff

  • 3 AAA batteries
  • 10 site sets
  • 10 needles
  • 7 vials of testing strips
  • Testing meter
  • 2 Lancets with new lancers
  • Two vials of insulin
  • 20 glucose tabs
  • Two power bars
  • Almonds


  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Thermarest
  • Tarp
  • Headlamp
  • Pillow


  • Passport
  • Wallet
  • First Aid kit
  • Wild at Heart
  • Bible
  • Highlighter
  • Spare bungee
  • Camelback
  • Trash Bag

Next Stop: The top of California, Crescent City

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