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JESS'S BIKE TOURING ESSENTIALS

We use almost everything we have with us, every day,
but there are a few things that I'm extra obsessed with.... 

CARGO NET

I PUT THIS OVER MY BACK RACK PACK. I CAN JUST REACH BEHIND ME AND TUCK THINGS INTO IT, LIKE MY SWEATY GLOVES, OR MY JACKET OR MY BANDANA. I ALWAYS HANG BANANAS FROM IT. AND SPROUTS. ITS JUST ALL STRETCHY AND HANDY AND I LOVE IT. DON'T TRAVEL WITHOUT ONE OF THESE!

 

BANDANA

My bandana is gray from my days carving coal for Zivic. Its all worn in. I use it to sit on when the ground is prickly. I drench it in water and put it on my neck when I get hot. I use it to dry the dishes. I blow my nose in it. Use it to make cheese. I wear it on my head. Its my favorite bit of cloth. Like an adult blankie.

 

SWISS ARMY KNIFE

Well now, what would my Swiss Half say if I didn't have one of these babies? Someone in Louisiana gave me one and I promptly gave away my pretty wood-handled (French) Opinel's... Here we've got tweezers, stabbers, cutters, pokers, diggers all in one little efficient Swiss package.

 

BLACK EYE-LINER...

I think I would be lost without it. It makes me feel like a lady on even the worst of days. And, NO, I would not be on this tour without it. 

NANO PUFF!

Well--this thing is worth it's (very light) weight in Gold. It's as minimal looking as you can get in sporty gear (which I like) and it is AMAZING. You can wear it from 30 degrees to 75 and its always the right thing, how is that? Is it magic? I've had to sleep in this thing MANY nights, I love it. If I have to wear a puffy thing, this is it. Now, where's the coverall version?


COCOON SILK TRAVEL SHEET

Basically, singlehandedly responsible for any sleep I get in the tent. This silk sheet keeps all the synthetic camping/sleeping stuff from being in direct contact with my skin which seems to make all the difference in the world.

 


THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!

Andrea Menke
Rebecca Schoneveld
Shawnee Sanders
Rebecca Alexander
Sita Sanders
Jim Zivic
Adrianna Chaves
Carol Boupre
Anne Ackermann
Linda Neu
Gary Stephens
Fay Helfer
Kate Hamilton
Jane DeWitt
Tess Helfer
Tiffany Wilding White
Vicki Sanders
Margaret Gibbs
Anne Zander
Laura Coberly
Nisha Bansil
Danny
Ethan Winn
Karl Frey
Yemana Sanders
Lynn Avedisian
Lydia Basallion
Anaar Desai-Stephens
Shay Ometz
Vanessa VanBurek
Ruth Frame 
Jon Kirk
Tjalling Heyning
Peruvian Connection
Myvanwy Probyn
Andrew Holden 
Peter J Brandt
Francesca Mirabella 
Patty Cullen
Judy Sanders
Brad Opstad
Inez Valk
Wendy Day
Jeanette Stavdal-Bronee 
Chanda Misevis
Tara Aitchison
Cindy Dunne
Tony Giaconne
Ayesha Patel
Abby Kinsley
Maureen Holderith
Carol Spinelli
John Atwood
Nancy Diamond
Cindy Maghee
Tianna Kennedy
Maica
Sarah Meredith
Lucka Kratchoville
Diania
Jan Green
Crystal Moore
Ryan Orton
Judith Lamb
Wendy
Rob and Lisa Howard
Liam Aitchison
Patty
Rebecca
Katrin
Jen Steele
Carol + Ted
Rebecca Morgan
Kristin Vogt
Janessa Goodman
Pamela Peters
Nancy Ward
Tanaya Schnare
Todd Pink
Giuliana Chamedes
Maya Tooke
Emily Neal
Laurel Bourret
Robert Berke
Poonam Khanna
Kati Klein
Anna Jana
Poonam Khanna
Elise Ballegeer
Kati Cesario


and all those whose names I didn't get, thank you too! 

 


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THE MISSION:

WHO: Zach Whitney + Jessamee Sanders
WHAT: A year-long (?) bicycle tour...
WHEN: Beginning March 2013
WHERE: Around the USA, route undetermined, 5-10K miles
WHY: Because life is too short to be settling down just yet...
HOW: By pedaling our butts off and selling lovely jewelry along the way

Zach builds things and loves to ride his bike. Jessamee designs things and loves to travel (jessamee.com, tamlinandthefall.com)

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    THE ROUTINE

    People often asked what a typical day was like for us on the bikes, and though none was truly typical, our routine looked something like this:

    I usually wake up first, climb out of the tent and get some water boiling for coffee. Zach packs up the mats and bedding and tent while I get our morning meal together. We eat, drink coffee, relax for a few minutes. Wash dishes, pack up the bikes. Leave about 9am. Then we ride about 10 miles. Stop for a coffee somewhere, and/or a snack, our treat of choice is a chocolate-chip cookie. Then we ride another 20 miles or so, stopping to peel off layers, pee in the bushes, snap photos and snack before stopping for a longer lunch break which lasts ½ to 1 hour depending on how many people are around. Then we ride to our evening spot 20-30 more miles, arriving sometime between 3 and 6pm. Zach sets up the tent, I shower—then I cook dinner, he showers. Then we eat. Usually, shortly thereafter we climb into the tent to read and listen to podcasts before falling dead asleep….

    That’s the mechanics of it. Details change all the time. The scenery, the meals, the people, the small catastrophes mark each day with its own unique character. Sometimes we’re camping alone in the wild, bathing naked in glacial run-off. Sometimes we’re camping in a beach-side tent-site with hot showers and 20 other bikers swapping stories. Sometimes we’re sleeping in a stranger’s guest room in a town we’ve never heard of before. Sometimes we eat a dozen hard-boiled eggs in a day. Sometimes we see 40 Bald Eagles fishing, sometimes a dead bear, sometimes escaped antelope run before us down the center of the road. Sometimes we have the wind at our back, sometimes we climb hills all day in the fog. Sometimes we’re excited and happy and sometimes we’re crabby and silent. Sometimes the sun is shining and everything works out perfectly, and some days you can’t catch a break—its all flat tires, traffic and fresh oil + gravel. Sometimes we’re dry and sunburnt by 11 am, sometimes we’re still soggy and wearing jackets at lunch. The path is varied and fascinating...

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