One of the things I love most about upcoming trips is the planning process. What will the route be, what are the gear requirements, how am I going to carry what I need, and what camera gear is needed? Early in the process I begin making lists, sorting through requirements and eventually bringing out the scale to insure that I have not gone overboard with the 'oh I could use that piece of kit' syndrome.
Next month, I head to California to bike the lost coast. A stretch of road, trail and beach that runs from the Oregon/California border down to the beautiful city of San Francisco. I will ship my bike and gear out to Crescent city because their is simply no way to fly there on a plane big enough to carry all my kit. I will hop from the east coast to San Francisco, meet up with my riding partners, Erik and Andrew, and then take one of those puddle jumpers up to our starting spot.
My goal for this 7 day trip, since it is short, and in the relative confines of civilization, is to go as light and fast as possible. The exception to this could be my camera gear which largely rests on the issue of bringing the D800 and Zeiss lenses. Over the next several weeks I will begin to share my process of planning, pairing and then packing. This will be a SUL (Super Ultra Light) bikepacking trip for me, with a goal of coming in under 10 pounds for everything but food, water and cameras.
Stay tuned as the Fall is about to get really fun!