Florida Springs Bike Tour Supplies Video

Super quick...

I just posted up a short video of some of the supplies we took with us on our Florida Springs 7 day bike tour. Yes, that's a bicycle tour, not a motorcycle tour. Sorry!

It doesn't look like much. And yet, the entire back end of the car was PACKED. What isn't included in the video is the tandem bike we also brought. However, that is all of the supplies we brought for the trip all stacked up outside the car.
  • 3 bikes
  • 1 tent
  • 4 sleeping bags
  • 2 sets of rear panniers
  • 1 Bell bicycle trailer for hauling kids (Since this trip, I tenderly refer to the trailer as a Sherpa - it is as valuable for a bike trip as Sherpas are for climbing Mt. Everest)
  • 4 bike helmets
  • 4 sets of bike gloves (DO NOT go cheap on these)
  • 2 sets of clothing for each of us (DO NOT go cheap on the bike shorts - or your butt will HATE you)
  • And a whole stash of miscellaneous other stuff like cook stove, white gas, flashlight, money, extra underwear for the kids, food, etc.

In general, you should plan to pack as lightly as possible for traveling by bike. However, I was totally shocked at how effective and easy it was to haul around that trailer. I have no idea what it weighed, but I could thrown just about anything in that trailer and drug it along behind me. If you do a tour with kids, I must highly suggest using a trailer for hauling around supplies. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments and I'll be glad to offer my thoughts.

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Jason V said...

Looks pretty awesome. I can't wait to hear stories about how everyone did. Especially in the morning after a long days ride. "Owww... my bottom hurts....", etc. :)

Al and Christy Speer said...

In the morning, after the ride? Forget that... our behinds were sore the same day. On day 2 we ended up riding about 55 miles. That day tore me a new one, literally. And I'm sure it did the same for Kait. Even while we were riding, our rear ends were hurting.

About 3 days into the trip, we stopped at a campground, and someone had left a strange looking device by the bathrooms. It looked like a huge, puffy toilet seat cushion sitting on top of one of those foam cushion garden knee pads.

Kaitlyn, in particular, was very interested in that idea. Apparently she needed WAY more cushioning than we gave her. We said that would be a perfect invention, a super padded bike bum cushion' - and we decided the name of the invention should be the 'Tushion'.

I guess it took 4-5 days, but eventually you kind of get used to the bumm pain. I'm not sure kids do? But, as an adult, we did.