So after being inspired by all the bivi talking and bike packing I decided to have a go my self. Already had some camping gear but during the week I took delivery of some Alpkit dry bags and a Highlander Jura lightweight 2 man tent.
The family were heading off to Charmouth in Dorset so I decided to book into a nearby campsite and cycle there (22 miles from our village in Somerset) and camp the night (solo).
So I laid all my gear on the floor ready to pack up.
Then loaded it all up on my old trusty steel road hybrid thing (single speed).
Getting near (I can see the sea!).
Arrived at the camp site after a couple of loop backs and missed turns (I had no map, just glanced at the map before I left and thought 'yeah I'll find it'
Camp set up ready.
My parent txt me saying they had rain at home. I replied with this (on my walk to Charmouth from the camp site - lovely 30min walk off road following a stream).
Clear skies on the walk home at 9 back to the camp site.
Room with a view.
All packed up and homeward bound.
Had a great time, nice peaceful, thought collecting me time. Back home now planning the next trip.
Bike wobbles a lot when loaded, small gentle movements required
Cheap carbon forks FLEX like mad - very off putting - looking to re-fit originals
Need a better sleep mat, my Tesco self inflating one is bulky, not comfy and slippery once in sleeping bag
Don't bother cooking food by heating in boiling water, just empty and heat through
Home made wood stove aren't all that - gas is easier
Need a better cooking pot set
Need to mount dry bags better on handlebars - thinking of making some kind of bracket / platform for them to attach too as they either rubbed my hands or hit my knees when climbing out of the saddle
Alpkit is great for the money
Highlander tent is great, easy to put up, lightweight, fits easily into the Alpkit dry bag (larger double opening one)
Looking forward to the next one....