5I’ve got everything back on the table in the living room. Actually, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how small a pile the stuff that is actually going makes. The list is so long, it’s easy to forget that a lot of the items are very tiny. I’m still having trouble grouping stuff and figuring out how to get in packed so that it
- Doesn’t rattle
- Is balanced side to side
- Has most of the weight in the back
And still allows me to get at stuff that I need easily when I need it.
Meanwhile, I washed and waxed the bike, and in the process discovered that the spoke lengths are printed on the side of the rims.Â Naturally, the ones that I got yesterday were the wrong lengths, and I’ll be heading back to Cape Bike again tomorrow.Â I also realized that the mini-chain tool that I’ve had for years (Park CT-5) doesn’t have a “shelf” for loosening tight links, although the new version of the same model does.Â I’m going to get a new one, what the hell.
I fueled up the backpacking stove and tried it out.Â Surprisingly, considering how long it’s been since I used it, it’s working fine, so I packed it away.
Yesterday I highlighted my route on three copies of my set of county maps and gave one set to Binnielula.Â One goes deep in the packed stuff as a backup, the other goes into the handlebar bag, to take one page at a time out and put in the map holder.
Oh, yeah, and this morning I graded the last set of assignments from my online course — my buddy Walt takes over for the second half of the semester, so I’m officially on vacation now.