This was a shakeout trip in order to test the bike, the gear, and of course my endurance carrying it. My buddy Lucas came along for the ride (I found out later he had already biked 30 miles that morning with his Dad, he's that type of guy). Within two miles I had a flat tire - a very bad omen considering I want to pedal 3000+. After a few curses and 10 minutes patching the inner tube, we were off again with no other issues. We headed north up the western side of Cayuga Lake into Trumansburg, then west into Schuyler County. We stayed overnight on the lawn of a host I found on WarmShowers. John, his wife Liz, and their son Michael are all great people, very hospitable and friendly.
I leave in 10 days
Beautiful Kayuta Lake, our view upon waking up at John's house
2 pairs of padded bike shorts. They're a bit large, hopefully that doesn't lead to horrible chafing that I've read about
2 pearl izumi bike jerseys
2 pairs of loose athletic shorts (covers awkward bike shorts so that I may walk around town comfortably)
2 pairs breathable wool socks
2 pairs underwear for sleeping, walking around. I will likely replace these during trip
2 t-shirts for walking around, also form a nice little pillow for sleeping. Also may replace these.
1 pair of biking gloves
1 breathable cap
Eureka Solitaire bivy tent w/rainfly
Compactable sleeping bag.
*Note: most nights I will try to stay with a host. This will probably be easier while in the east coast and midwest.
Small shaving kit
Comb (this was the hardest decision while packing)
Bike multi-tool w/allen keys
2 spare bike tubes
Patch kit w/double patches and extra glue
Small presta valve bike pump
Tire pressure gauge SUNSCREEN
a few books of my choosing *2016 edit: WHY would you bring heavy books???
portable camp stove
*Note: I will likely buy food every few days at supermarkets. I'm finding there is little room left in the panniers for bulk food.