Well, this is certainly not the ride report I thought I’d be writing today; I figured I’d still be out on the road pedaling towards SLO right now. But for all the training and prep one does for a big ride — you realize you can’t anticipate everything that might happen.
I actually started packing a month ahead of time in order to assemble all of the necessities for my drop bags (I didn’t want to forget anything and started a pile in my closet that gradually grew over the passing weeks.) After doing all of the above research and then some — I packed two bags following the rules set by the organizers.
With the Santa Cruz Randonneurs’ 2014 California Central Coast Randonnée looming before me, I’ve been slowly ramping up preparations for my longest ride to date — 1000 kilometers. Here’s a rundown of the gear I’ll be carrying with me.