As I have posted before, this has been a tough year for everyone. Now with knee surgery looming in a couple weeks, I want to make sure I go out with a blast. So I am planning a seven day ride from Alexandria, VA down to Blowing Rock, NC.
Sounds for this Post
This is one of the songs that kept rolling through my head as I was writing this post
The route is a blend of the TransVirginia and the Trans-WNC that I can start from the end of my driveway. It follows the majority of the TransVirginia route, but I made some small changes early on the route to add a couple of my favorite gravel miles instead of riding along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Path.
The other change is the left turn in Whitetop, VA to pickup the Trans-WNC instead of continuing down the Virginia Creeper Trail down to Damascus.
I’ll be riding one of my favorite bikes for this trip. Nothing flashy, some banged up Squid Spray paint, but rock solid rig that I trust to take me pretty much anywhere (I hope I didn’t just jinx myself).
|Frame & Fork||Salsa Fargo – First Generation|
|Front Wheel||Mavic 827 Rim w/ SP PD-8 Dynamo Hub|
|Rear Wheel||Mavic 827 Rim w/ Hope Pro 4|
|Tires||Continental Race King 2.2|
|Handlebars||Surly Moloko. Bar|
|Crankset||Race Face XC – 30t|
|Pedals||Race Face Chester Platform|
|Cassette||Shimano XT 11-36t w/ Wolf Creek 42t|
|Shifter||Shimano XT Hydro Disc|
|Saddle||WTB Rocket Race|
|Stem||Salsa Guide Stem|
|Front Bag||Revelate Designs Sweatroll|
|Frame Bag||Revelate Designs Tangle|
|Seat Bag||Salsa EXP|
|Accessory Bags||Revelate Designs Fuel Cell, Jerrycan, and Mountain Feedbag|
|Cages||King Water Bottle Cages (on frame)|
Salsa EXP Anything Cages (drilled to fit fork)
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Shake down run #2 and things are getting heavier…. * * Special thanks for helping to make this trip possible: @hedwheels @clifbar @skullcandy @gopro @salsacycles @surlybikes @sugarwheelworks @revelatedesigns @patagoniaprovisions ——————————– @visitvirginia @visitnc @bikepackingcom @trans.virginia ——————————– #DCtoDamascus #Bikepacking #TransVA #TransWNC #GravelRoadtoDamascus #bikecamping #bicyclelife #LoveVA #LoveNC #TrueJersey
Having a dynamo front hub is making access to power and lighting easier than some of my past trips. The hub paired with the Sinewave Cycles Beacon light will allow me to charge up a USB battery pack so I have power for the nights when power is not available for my phone, watch, and earbuds. But I am not going to be 100% free of batteries on this trip, I am not comfortable with the testing I did running my eTrex off a USB battery and the Spot Gen4 supposedly can run off a USB, but I haven’t looked into it yet.
|Front Light||Sinewave Cycles Beacon|
|Tail Light||Cateye Blinky|
|GPS||Garmin eTrex 20|
|Battery Block||Anker Powercore 10,000|
|Head Lamp||Black Diamond Storm|
|Other Stuff||Cables for phone and watch, Skullcandy Indy Fuel Ear Buds|
I will follow this post up with my sleeping kit, gear list, and food when that gets finalized tonight.