On this week’s pod, three great hiking traditions bicycle touring should adopt. AT and PCT through hikers have more than a few great ideas to learn from!
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Three great hiking traditions bicycle touring should adopt
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Ship things you know you’ll need in town on a zero mile day (“normal clothes” for wearing around town and doing laundry) or bulk things you use but don’t want to carry a lot of (Dr. Bronners camp soap, toothpaste and other toiletries, etc.) or things that aren’t easy to get in the places you’ll be (very specific foods, etc.).
Best for LONG tours that have less access to larger towns.
Can ship the box ahead to the next spot, or just do it one time!
I almost called the Pedalshift newsletter “trail magic” but decided against it since it’s such a part of hiking and not bike touring culture… but maybe that should change?
Setting up food and drinks for people traveling through… sometimes a cooler of drinks, all the way up to a “feed” where everyone passing through can get a good meal from a bunch of grills.
Eating a half-gallon (!!) of ice cream (or rice dream perhaps if you’re not into dairy) at the halfway point of your tour. Maaaaaybe want to reserve this for longer tours rather than an overnight 😉
To celebrate hiking past the halfway point on the Appalachian Trail I followed tradition and accepted the challenge to consume half a gallon of ice cream, that around 2 litres. Afterwards my stomach expanded and my backpack didn’t fit, go figure. Would accept the challenge? #halfgallonchallenge #feelingfat #chocolateicecream #AT2017 #atclassof2017 #AppalachianTrail #thruhike #thruhiker #youknowyoureathruhikerwhen
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