Bike – Soma Groove with;                                                                  Civilian Luddite 29er
   Shimano XT Cranks                                                              Rohloff 14speed IGH
   SRAM Attack Twist Shifters
   Shimano Alivio F/R Deraileurs
   Shimano A530 Dual Side Pedals
   Avid BB7  Disc Brakes w/Shimano 203 Centerlocks
   Nashbar Trekking Handlebars w/ESI Grips
   Brooks B190 (big SOB) Brooks B67                                   Brooks B68 (unsprung)
   Freeload Touring Racks
   Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus Pannier (Front)
   Ortlieb Classic Backroller Pannier (Rear)
   SpokeGrenade SG1000 Light
   Revelate Designs Frame Bag, Gas Tank, Seatpost Bag and Handlebar Harness
Camping Gear
Big Agnes Seedhouse Tent
Big Agnes Lost Ranger Cross Mountain Sleeping Bag (the LR is too warm for SOB)
REI Stratos Pad Big Agnes Insulated Q Core
Cocoon Silk Liner
Chaco Sandals Flip-Flops (the Chacos were too heavy and not as easy to slip on)  Teva Sandals

Keen SPD Biking Sandals

Vibram Five Fingers

New Balance Tennis Shoes (formal wear)
Levis 501s (1 Pair)

Patagonia Capilene Boxers (bombproof and comfy)
Smartwool Socks
L/S & S/S Cycling Bibs
Cycling Jerseys (2)
Cycling Shorts (2)
L/S UV Shirts (2)
Electronic/Tech Equipment
          MacBook Air
          Apple iPod Touch Apple iPhone 4s
          Kindle Keyboard 3G
          Garmin Oregon 450  Edge 800 (the 450 devoured batteries)  Dakota 20
          GoPro Hero2 HD Camcorder
          Sony NEX 7 Digital Camera Olympus XZ-1 Digital Camera
Misc. Equipment
Dolica Monopod (too cumbersome)
Click Stand ( )
Camelbak All Clear Water Purifier
Backcountry Boiler ( if I can score one prior to leaving) (didn’t get one…damn!)  Ha, looks as though I’ll score one after all!
Bike Peddler Take a Look Mirror
Giro Helmet


  1. I sent clothes back via mail, especially shoes. The bike shoes had the clipless mounts inside the sole and ended up being the only thing I ever wore. I never did wear my running shoes but flip-flops were handy, light, and fit anywhere, even bungied to the top of a pannier. Jeans are way heavy and uncomfortable when wet and take a long time to dry..hiking pants were better all around and I could bike in them when needed.

    1. And shame on me for not updating my gear page. I’ve pulled the jeans out of the line-up for just those reason, although in Latin America they easily do double duty as being your “Sunday Best”. I’ve settled on hiking pants as well. I am taking a bit more of clothes simply because it will be difficult to find my size SOB.

  2. enjoy your train ride. hope the smoke of northern california fires doesn’t follow you up through oregon. good luck. ziva misses you already. blessings, A&L

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