Jan 29

Something Borrowed – Something New

by in Pre Trip

As Spencer mentioned there’s a lot of planning to do. And you can help! Here’s a starting list of things we’ll need to either borrow or buy. If you can lend something or have input on our purchases please add a comment below.

  1. We definitely need a good tent. Large, easy to setup. [note: just got a great 3 person tent off Craig’s List for $50]
  2. Our old sleeping bags are OLD. We’re thinking about a double sleeping bag or two that can zip together.
  3. We have an electric air mattress but what if we don’t have power some nights. We’re thinking one that is battery operated and possibly rechargable would be ideal. Otherwise perhaps a backup to our electric one that is less robust.
  4. We’ve heard good things about cycling sandals for these long summer trips. Any recommendations on brand or features to look for? [Thanks to Barb & Randall for this suggestion. We love our new Keen sandals from REI]
  5. Wondering about getting a Verizon Mobile Hotspot on a month-to-month. Since our cellphone (TMobile) won’t have good coverage we’re hoping that’ll cover us when we’re not near libraries and coffee shops. On the other hand, when we’re away from population areas the hotspot might not work either! Hmmm…. thoughts?
  6. Also wondering about a solar recharger since we’ll have several small devices needing charging regularly. We’ll mostly be camping on school grounds so there’ll be some power access but everyone on the tour will be needing the minimal outlets. This seems like it might be a good idea. Have you ever used one of these? Any advice?
  7. And of course we’re open to any other suggestions or offerings!

12 Responses to “Something Borrowed – Something New”

  1. From Phil Beard:

    We have a Coleman double air matress…it looks similar to the one Spence is holding in the photo. We have two battery powered pumps for it. Both pumps work great so you are welcome to have one of the pumps. The pump with the 4 d cell batteries weighs 2.2 lbs. Sorry but our matress has other plans for the summer.


    Posted on Jan 30, 2012 at 11:03 am #
    • From S2Cycle:

      Phil, Borrowing the pump would be helpful, especially if it is battery operated. Do you know how long the batteries last? (In number of fills, preferably.)

      Posted on Feb 4, 2012 at 11:07 am #
  2. From Ari Divine:

    Hi Sheila,
    Not sure what you mean exactly by cycling sandals, but have you checked out Luna Sandals? They are made locally for minimalist runners and have a beautiful, traditional design. Here is a link to their website: http://lunasandals.com/
    Talk to you soon,

    Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 10:56 am #
    • From S2Cycle:

      Thanks Ari. Cycling sandals have a rigid sole so that the power transfer through to the pedal. And they have a space in the sole allocated to where the cleat is installed. So I’m afraid the ones you liked to wouldn’t do the trick. But I appreciate the thought.

      Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm #
  3. From Ric:

    REI is going to be my one stop shop. I’ve been going over the list of things to bring and reading the reviews on each item. The tent I want was recommended by a ride veteran and good reviews. Big Agnes Fly Creek tent five stars #350 supposed to be easy to set up and take down.
    You mentioned coverage AT&T has 3G or is it 4? No plan just month to month and $25 a month.

    Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm #
  4. From Ric:

    I went to REI and got a lot of my stuff for the trip. I say a lot of because I know for sure I’ll think of more things. Anyway after looking at the tiny Big Agnes tent, its like a coffin really for backpackers. I got instead the REI half dome two. And the sales guy there actually set it up for me. And it was cheaper about $200.

    So I have a question. Have any of you bought your return ticket from Boston? I’ve been looking at prices for months. I’m afraid I made a mistake not pulling the trigger on one for $140 some time back. They’ve gone ape with the prices its been as high as $280! Double what I could have gotten.

    Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm #
    • From S2Cycle:

      We borrowed a 3 person wedge tent my sister had. It’s old, but spacious enough for us without being gigantic. We’ll have to test it for leaks when the weather is warmer.

      We bought tickets on SW Airlines. We signed up for their rapid rewards program via their credit card to get enough miles to pay for the trip and then some. It also allows 2 free bags per person. We’ll be able to get our bike and gear back on the plane with us. Yay!

      Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm #
  5. From Ric:

    They take the bikes of anyone not flying elsewhere back to the Seattle area since they have to come back here anyway. But I’m glad you got a cheap fare.

    Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 10:28 pm #
  6. From Ric:

    OK, I don’t know where I got the idea they take their bikes back to Seattle. Cycle America is based in Minnesota. But they do help you pack and ship your bike. Thanks, Sheila.

    Posted on Mar 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm #
  7. From Denny:

    I’m glad I checked your blog. I remember I need to arrange a flight home.

    I see a solar charger in LLBean for $89. I wonder how it works and how long it takes. You would think that they’ll often have a cafe and/or laundromat with electrical outlets. But I guess with 25 people all looking for the same thing…


    Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 8:47 am #
  8. From S2Cycle:

    Yeah, we ruled out the solar charger. The more we researched it the more limited it seemed. But there will be a lot of competition for outlets. I think closer to 50 than 25! We’re planning to do a hotel for the rest day so can charge most things then.

    Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 8:58 am #
  9. From Ric:

    Denny, I was thinking of taking an Ipod 2 tablet and the more I thought about it the more to me it seemed unworkable. But that was just my own thoughts without knowing others would also take them. So is it practical or does it just become something very valuable that you must take special care with and it just becomes too much of a bother? Such as the recharging thing.

    Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 9:02 am #