Glenn Charles

Adventurer | Photographer | Connector

Today I am a Time Traveler with a Camera... Tomorrow, who knows

The essence of Wabi Sabi

It has been a little more than four months and 4400 miles since I began mybike around America trip. During that time my Salsa Fargo has steadfastlypulled my BOB trailer and all its contents without uttering a singlecomplaint. The bike is absolutely a joy to peddle and worthy of seriousconsideration for any type of bike tour.

In the spirit of simplicity I have constantly strived to reduce my load andmy overall footprint. Within 3 days of starting out I shipped a package ofgear back to my family. Since then I have twice more shed gear and weight.

Now I will attempt to do the next four thousand miles following the ethos ofthe ultra light backpacking and bike-packing communities. I will shed theBOB and all unnecessary gear, carrying everything on the bike and onlycarrying exactly what I need.

My big Apple tires will be replaced with skinny folding touring tires toboth shed weight and increase speed. Folding tires will allow me the optionof switching to off road tires should they be needed. Instead of carryinga week or more of food, I will think in terms of simply a day or two.Water will be refilled daily and spares and tools will be completelyminimized.

My only luxury item will continue to be the presence of Mr. Bill, my trustyand often outspoken traveling companion.

For the past 10 days I have been working out the kinks of this system,largely because I am trying to reuse my existing bag, straps, and racksystem. There are still a few more issues to work out but I am excited tosee what this is like, especially since I already had a very light footprintto begin with. It is one thing to do this for a weekend trip, another thingentirely for 4 or more months.

When I have it all worked out I will post pictures of the kit, carryingstrategies and weight. Stay tuned as I continue to Wabi Sabi my own life.

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