April 23, 2002 GMT
What Have I Forgotten?


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[All of my worldly possessions for the next three months - what have I forgotten?]

What have I forgetten? Most travelers only have to go through the angst of wondering what "article of highest importance" they've left behind once for any given trip. Because the motorcycles shipped out first, I get to stress over this twice, first when the bike was containerized, again now that I'm faced with the reality of shipping myself and my luggage overseas.

As you can see, the "kit" takes up a significant amount of floor space, but volume-wise, it will all fit into two 41 liter panniers, or a total of about 3 cu/ft (for those of us not yet blessed with the metric system). To be clear, I will be wearing most of the riding/protective gear, which takes up a lot of the "floor area" you see in the photo above. And, let's face it, since we've paid-for some sort of sleeping accomodations every night, I don't need to take such bulky items as a sleeping bag, pad, tent, cooking gear and food, but, when's the last time YOU spent 10 weeks with only 3 cu/ft. of "stuff" to define your total world?

And, in case you're wondering, the little "BMW Oilhead GS Tricycle" in the photo is an actual BMW product, and was a retirement gift from the fine team of people I had the honor to work with at my former employer. Perhaps I should have taken it - it requires a lot less in the way of fuel, oil, and spare parts than the one I'm actually riding for the trip! Or, given my retirement status, maybe they were just trying to tell me something....


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[Another view of my worldy possessions]

I depart Seattle via Northwest Airlines on SAT 27 APR 2002. This will be my last "Stateside" update, you'll hear next from me in Asia!

Mike M. Paull
22 APR 2002
LAT/LON N47.71718 W122.37428

Posted by Mike Paull at April 23, 2002 01:32 AM GMT
Comments

Dear Mike,

It is hard to see the details in your gear photo, but some suggestions that I find very useful on a long bike trip.

1) get a small capacity dry bag for your dirty/wet clothes.

2) I go with 2 long sleeves, 3 t-shirts and 2 singlets, and 3 pair of pants, 1 which I use for sleeping. And this is too much.

3) I find a thin cotton sleeping bag liner very useful.

4) A great thing to have is a travel hammock. They are light and hardly take up any room, probably equal to one shirt. Attach two carabineers to it if needed or possible

5) rubber flip flops for use at night for outhouses and showers. I like the type without the toe-divider. I have a very light-weight one.

6) headlamp for reading at night.

7) a sarong

8) mild sleeping pills like valium when you are in horrible sleeping conditions and have to get some sleep.
Also ear plugs, and bring extras because they are easy to lose.

If you have a back-up vehicle, bring everything you desire but the kitchen sink.
And if you have a back-up vehicle, use a Pelican waterproof suitcase. Tough as iron and lockable with padlocks. You'll never have to worry about it.

Have a great trip. Reed.

Posted by: Reed on April 23, 2002 03:04 AM GMT

One more thing.

The best apres-bike footwear is a type of sneaker called an approach shoe. It gives fantastic traction on wet and sloppy conditions.

This is all I ever wear now.

Best Regards, Reed.

Posted by: Reed on April 23, 2002 03:07 AM GMT

I was looking for a ball of twine, didn't see it but it looks like you have a roll of duct tape, that's even better!

Posted by: Nairn on April 23, 2002 03:36 AM GMT

HI, Mike,

Just wanted to wish you bon voyage from me and my mom. I spent a few weeks over there about the time the Berlin wall was coming down and also a year later in central Asia. Hope your trip is as fascinating as mine was. Take plenty of your own TP and don't drink the water. Have a great time.

Brian and Patti.

Posted by: Brian Ingalls on April 27, 2002 12:16 AM GMT
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