Dusty,,,, where do you pack the tent (in the stuff sack)on the bike? And where on the bike is your sleeping bag?
And whats in the trunk bag?
I did alright with the packing for my first trip,,,,,, but there is always room for improvement.
Well Dave, for the Calhoun trip, Ipacked way more
than I usually do, mainly due to the fact that I was going to be on the road for over a month, all over the continent(22 States and 1 Province) and in mid-late fall(Sept20 - Oct 25)
All my camping gear(including tent/footprint/water storage container/sleeping bag/sleeping mat/air bed/tarp and cord/stove/pots/large pillow/colder weather insulated-waterproof jacket/down vest/utensils kit and more!)was in the pack behind me, on the passenger/pillion seat
In the trunk rack bag, I carried riding gear(extra armoured jacket/liner, armoured riding pants/liner, gloves, 2 carton of smokes, MapBook and when space allowed(depending on what jacket I was wearing) the tripod were inside the main compartment. I had my LED headlamp, candle lantern, DC-AC power inverter, chargers and cables for all my electronic gear, spare AA rechargeable batteries, plus battery charger, among other items in the side pockets. In the rear pocket of the trunk rack bag, I had current state map and useful brochure(s) obtained from Visitor Centres, spare green garbage bag and 2 medium sized 'kitchen catcher' trashbags.
The trunk rack bag weighed between 15 - 25lbs, depending on what riding gear I was wearing.
In the pic below, you can see that I had added a set of 1800 trunk rack risers to help 'spread the load/weight distribution on the lid of the trunk. I had to drill out the risers big enough for the 6m rack bolts to fit through, to attach the trunk rack. I also added extra rubber washers on both sides of the trunk, fender washers on theundersideand some tap washers, that fit between the risers and the rackto help eliminate cracks in the lid. It' seems to be working alright, as there are no signs of cracking after 40,000k
This trip, I'll be taking my 'ultra light' backpacking gear. I'll be able to fit the tent,insulated sleeping pad, 9.5'x13' tarp, -12*C down sleeping bag, stove/fuel/pot easily into one saddle bag.
Here's my 2 man tent, which has 2 doors/vestibules, yet weighs only 42ozs
and packs up to the size of a volleyball,without the use of a compression sac!