Packing and Getting Ready for Cycle Oregon
It is hard to believe that Cycle Oregon is just around the corner. It is. You can — and probably should — check out “The Big List.” This list is the one the Cycle Oregon recommends. In my opinion, it is overkill. If you took all the stuff listed, you’d probably go over your allotted weight limit for baggage.
Keep in mind that this ride is really well supported. Mechanics can be found in camp and on the road. There is no need to carry a giant tool kit, chain lube, etc. Similarly, food and water are plentiful on the rides and in camp. Two water bottles *should* be enough for most days, but if you are a heavy drinker, you might want to have a hydration pack as well. There is also a medical tent so you don’t need to go overboard with first aid kits, etc.
It is highly recommended that you segment your things in multiple large Ziplock bags to help keep them organized and dry. I also put some things like my sleeping bag and a few other odds and ends inside a river-runner’s dry bag inside my duffel. I have a hard plastic “shoe box” that I keep breakable or small things in so they aren’t crushed in transit.
Plan for your duffel to be sitting in a puddle in the rain at some point even if it never happens. Your duffel should also be marked on the ends for easy identification. When you arrive in camp, they are in a huge pile and they all look similar. If you have riding clothes for each day, then cool. If not, you’ll need to hand wash. Fun, fun, fun. Bring stuff for hand washing if that is your bag.
Keep the clean clothes you plan to wear home in your car rather than drag them along with you all week. There will be showers at the parking lot.
Below is the checklist I use:
|Bike + tools, repair stuff, pumps, etc. Include your front wheel.|
|Knee and arm warmers|
|Cold weather/rain gear (booties, jacket, long tights, etc.)|
|Water bottles (3). Hydration pack if you use one regularly (water on road is plentiful)|
|Gels or energy drink stuff (there is plenty to eat/drink on the road)|
|A few changes of warm weather/cool weather clothes (undies, pants, socks, shirts)|
|Jacket for rain and jacket for warmth|
|Synthetic long johns (at the very least for sleeping in the very cold)|
|Winter hat (also for sleeping in the very cold)|
|Shoes and sandals|
|Tent w rain fly|
|Sleeping bag (I also take a liner in case it is really hot or really cold)|
|Pillow (optional – you can also use jackets and stuff)|
|Big huge air mattress with battery-powered pump|
|Headlamp (or flashlight)|
|Hard plastic “shoe box” to keep things in that might be crushed when packed in a duffel bag|
|Pee bottle (Gatorade bottle – avoid midnight trips to the blue room)|
|Sponge (to clean out tent or soak up spills)|
|You should be clever enough to figure out the basics (toothbrush, etc.)|
|Benadryl (use as a sleep aid – very helpful)|
|Baby wipes (keeping your junk clean between showers is a very good idea)|
|Desitin Creamy Zinc Oxide or Bag Balm (for healing your ’tain’t)|
|Sun block if you use it|
|Something to charge it all with|
|Pen and paper|
|Flask and whiskey|