Category Archives: Camping

Second Day, Second State (2)

We both slept great last night, despite some hooting and pecking nearby. When we got up, it was cold and cloudy, but the weather improved as the day went on. Our goal was to start riding early, but it didn’t happen until 10 am. We blame that on our lack of sleep a few nights ago, when we were up until midnight packing and cleaning, then woke to drive to Maine at 4:30 am the next morning after an anxious nights sleep.

We made our first mistake with the route today, and, as a result, rode an unnecessary five miles… mostly uphill, of course.

Shortly after noon, we left Maine and entered New Hampshire. For crossing the first state line our reward was donuts.

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Bikepacking – Misquamicut Route

Instead of being conservative for our first-ever touring trip, we went all-in with a very aggressive route.  We wanted to do something fun, and our first thought was a day on the beach – so we decided to ride to/from Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, RI.  To break up the ride and allow ourselves as much time at the beach as possible on Saturday, we reserved a campsite at Wilderness Lake Campground in Willington, CT for Friday night.  The original plan was to leave Hartland around 2pm, but we were late – partly due to work that day, but also because it took us much longer than anticipated to pack everything (and worrying that we were forgetting something).  Once we were finally ready to leave the house at 4pm, we weighed our bikes… mine was roughly 83lbs and Rachel’s was 70lbs… next time we’ll distribute the weight more fairly (good for Rachel, bad for me).Route map 2.1Day 1: West Hartland, CT to Willington, CT (~55 miles)
4pm-9:30pm, 30 min rest – 5 hrs riding

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Gearing up…

Bike Setups:

  • Rachel’s
    • 2014 Surly Disc Trucker
    • Planet Bike ATB Cascadia Fenders
    • Blackburn Outpost Front World Touring  Rack
    • Blackburn Outpost Rear World Touring  Rack
    • Arkel GT-18 (Front) Panniers
    • Arkel Dry-Lites (Rear) Panniers
    • Shimano PD-A530 Pedals
    • Forté Contour XFC Women’s Saddle


  • Chris’s
    • 2014 Specialized AWOL Comp
    • SKS P50 Chromoplastic Longboard Fenders
    • Blackburn Outpost Front World Touring  Rack
    • Blackburn Outpost Rear World Touring  Rack
    • Arkel XM-28 (Front) Panniers
    • Arkel XM-45 (Rear) Panniers
    • Arkel Tailrider Trunk Bag
    • Shimano PD-A600 Pedals