And a post about the 'gear'. Again, copy/paste from the blog...
The Gear - Layout, Review, and Shakedown
So, I finally got a chance to lay everything out and see what I'm working with... And ultimately, what I don't have. The great thing is, all of this 'stuff' is easily packable onto the bike, leaving my Ortlieb pack and Wolfman Expedition Dry duffel fully available for electronics, clothing, etc.
Please feel free to shoot me a note if you have experience running trips like this and see essentials that are missing.
First, I plan to camp as much as possible to save cost. Plus, I just like camping! The picture below shows the bulk of my gear to survive in the wilds of LatAm. I received the majority at a deep, deep discount from Backcountry.com through a close friend hook-up. Thanks Chris!!!
Ortlieb Track 27 gear bag
Big Agnes Spur UL2 tent
North Face sleeping bag
REI Flex-Lite camp chair
Big Agnes inflatable sleeping pad
Therm-A-Rest pillow bag/sack
Two Otterbox hard cases
SPOT II GPS tracker
Katadyn water filtration system
Waterproof medical kit
MSR WhisperLite stove
Misc gear/kit stuffed in ADV Designs bag
Mini Maglite flashlight
Glowsticks for random jungle rave
Heavy duty pliers w/ wire cutter
Heavy duty drive w/ adaptor
Handy 7-Eleven lighter
Set of front/rear EBC brake pads
Trusty Schwinn hand pump
Several CO2 bombs w/ adaptor
Target latex hand gloves
Two front / one rear spare tubes
Several patch kits
Chain lube (not shown
Finally, I figured I would put a small blurb to discuss my GPS setup (separate post coming soon w/ more detail).
I'm running a Garmin Zumo 660LM and currently have North America maps, South America City Navigator, US Topo 100k, and BiciMaps Mexico/Central America loaded. I decided to go with an Apple Macbook Air 11-inch as my base computer to sync it all together and will be using Garmin Basecamp, Express, and MapInstall to link Zumo and computer. On the bike, I picked up a Touratech locking mount, which is a beautiful piece of kit I might add, and have mounted it on a cross bar. I'll also be bringing along a handful of maps and will most likely pick some up during my travels as well.
So that's it for now! Again, please feel free to send me a note with any questions, comments, and/or concerns. Advice is ALWAYS appreciated.
Chat soon... ~ D
*UPDATE - 3-OCT-2013* - So, at the recommendation of several more experienced ADV riders, I've added a few additional items to my stockpile.
Haynes F800 manual
Add'l oil filter
Add'l air filter
Crush rings for oil changes
Motion Pro 3-1 chain tool