After last weekend's trip, I've decided to pare down my supplies to come in at 60 pounds--not counting water and food.
Weekend-before-last's test trip in the San Juan Islands convinced me that I was carrying too much stuff. Hauling the estimated 80 pounds of gear on the flat wasn't too bad but when I had to go up a hill... Ugh!
And, surprisingly, going down hill was also harder. I guess all that extra weight really had an effect on how quickly I accelerated on descent, plus, handling in the turns at high speed was kind of hairy. I found that I was riding my brakes the whole way down—so much so that at one point I had to stop and make a repair to the rear set.
The biggest weight cut was in my tool kit. It went from 8 pounds to 1 and 1/2 pounds. Also, I'm leaving the blow dryer at home.
There were a few other small deletions that have brought the weight, including panniers but excluding food and water, to around 60 pounds. I don't think that's much more than I usually carry on a three-day trip, but we'll see.
There are only two more training/gear testing trips scheduled before we kick of the big adventure in May. The next trip will be to San Juan County Park on San Juan Island. I'm hoping T-Bone's son, Brandon (Butch) will be joining us.