It’s 01:30 on D-Day minus 5, I can’t sleep so I’m thinking about the ride.

It’s pretty much all I think about at the moment… I’m practically at the point where everything is done though.

I checked the finances and as long as we’re sensible it’s come in on budget. All the bookings are still on. The kit has been checked and re-checked and it’s amazing what you can fit on a bike when you really squeeze it all in…

Here goes.

Handlebar bag

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Hoodie
  • Beenie
  • Arm Warmers
  • Pump
  • Puncture Repair Kit
  • Multitool
  • Adjustable Spanner
  • First Aid Kit
  • Walkie-Talkie
  • Spare Batteries for Walkie Talkies
  • Lights
  • Packet of tissues (snot and bikes go hand in hand)

Frame Bag

  • D-Lock
  • Cable Lock
  • Toiletries
  • Bungee
  • Cable Ties
  • Travel Documents (Passports, EHICs, Itinerary, Boarding Passes, Cards)

Top Tube Bag

  • Travel Adapter (with U.K. & EU fitting)
  • Phone & Battery Leads
  • Neck Scarf
  • Headphones
  • Portable Battery
  • And it will hold my phone as well – but I’m planning on using it a bit in the next five days…

BIG Blue (Underseat) Bag

  • 1 x Shorts
  • 4 x T-Shirts
  • 4 x Trainer Socks
  • 4 x Cycling Shorts / Bibs
  • 2 x Boxer Shorts
  • 1 x Socks
  • 1 x Base Leggings

Then there’s the Helmet and Camelbak.

This photo was taken a while ago, but this is pretty much the same set up – although the small bag in front of the seat post is no longer needed. The bottle cage has been removed as it was in the way and has been replaced with the camelbak.

All done.

Tomorrow (or later today) I’ll check the weather forecast and see whether anything needs to change. I might book the taxi to the airport or the train tickets from Stansted.

And I’ll try not to think about it too much.



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