For the duration of my journey, my home will be a tent. I thought you might like to have a look around my new mobile home! After 30 days on the road, I have found a layout that works for me and thought I would share it with you.
The tent is an Easton Kilo 2P tent. The tent takes around 5 minutes to put up and can be packed up in less. Especially, when breakfast is waiting.
Here is a video of my daily campsite ritual of erecting the tent:
Weighing in at around 1kg, the advantages of the Easton Kilo are obvious for the Touring Cyclist. The quality of the tent is also obvious, especially during the two downpours I have faced since starting the ride. The tent has been faultless since starting the ride, the only problem with it is the big red stain that a slug left on the inner tent on my second night of camping!
I keep my shoes in the porch area. My cycling shoes live in the right hand side and my evening shoes on the left.
Here I have a self-inflating roll mat, a Vango Ultralite Sleeping Bag and a pillow. My pillow is made from my tent bag stuffed with bags of my sleeping bag and roll matt, plus my waterproof cycling jacket for a bit of bulk!
Before leaving for the states, I made a last minute purchase in poundland, an inflatable pillow. This seemed like the greatest purchase in the history of mankind at the time, and it still seemed that way the third night I set up my tent and inflated the pillow. Come the end of the night, I climbed into my tent and placed my knee on the pillow…..BOOM! It popped with an almighty bang. I guess you get what you pay for!
To the left of my sleeping bag, I keep a pannier bag off my bike. The pannier bag contains all my evening clothes and my laptop.
Handle Bar Bag
During the day I keep all my small valuables (wallet, passport, camera etc) in my handle bar bag. I also have a few small essentials in the bag which are frequently required during the night. My most frequently used are ear plugs, bug bite cream, lip chap stick, my journal and an MP3 player.
I keep my helmet in my tent, I use it to hold my solar charger and GPS unit so they are not left on the bike overnight. I also have a water bottle close at hand as it is easy to get dehydrated when cycling at high altitude.
I carry two more pannier bags that are not included in this tour. These two bags contain my cooking equipment and food, so I tend to leave these bags outside with the bike. There is room for the bags to be kept at the foot end of the tent if required.
Our friend Richard Boxhall (@richardonabike) is currently cycling 5,000 miles across the USA to raise money for ShelterBox UK and is currently blogging about life on the road, the places he sees and the people he meets .
You can read a full account of his travels at http://richardonabike.blogspot.co.uk