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    Anyone done any long (multi day) rides unsupported? If so, what kit
    did you take?

    I'm thinking about this at the moment, got a few nice rides nearish to me
    that I might look at and I've also been looking at a few up in Scotland
    for next summer maybe.

    I'm trying to do this very lightweight, but some of the rides are in
    places where I'm not going to be able to stay in b&bs or whatever, so I'm
    looking at bivvying out places.

    Currently I'm planning to take:-

    3 season sleeping bag (<1kg) waterproof bivi bag (.3kg) stove & pan (.25
    kg + .25kg fuel ) tools + repair kit (probably .25kg or so) clothes &
    waterproofs (maybe 1kg) food, probably dried pasta / soups for evening +
    energy food (.25kg - .75kg depending on length between food buying
    possibilities) matches, first aid kit etc. (not very much at all) probably
    lights (.5kg) map,compass

    anything I've forgotten?

    I'm aiming to ride places where I either won't be too scared to fill up
    with water from streams or where I'm going through a village or town often
    enough to fill up my camelbak for riding and to fill up a bottle in the
    evening to cook from.

    Now I've done this kind of thing on foot and I've done bits of cycle
    touring with my family, so I've got enough general navigation skills and
    ability to get myself places without killing myself to do it.

    For anyone who knows the UK, specific routes I'm looking at are the South
    Downs Way long distance path (100 miles offroad - hopefully a (difficult)
    two days ride), general riding along the South Coast (variable distance,
    mainly on road, quite hilly in parts), I've done this on a bike and it
    was pretty fun. I've got a route guide for a monster 4/5 day offroad ride
    up near Aviemore in Scotland, definately a summer ride as it involves
    river crossings and stuff which would be pretty nasty in autumn / winter
    / spring. Other ideas are northern France, I'd probably stay in campsites
    for this, maybe take a tent and do rides around from a central point
    instead of carrying everything with me though, the Brecon Beacons, maybe
    Peak District or the Lakes, I've heard theres some nice riding in the
    Peak District?

    Joe

    joe

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    Hi!

    On Thu, 25 Oct 2001 16:05:01 GMT, "Joe Marshall"
    <joe_marshall@dropmemail.com> wrote:

    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>Anyone done any long (multi day) rides unsupported? If so, what kit did[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>you take?[/color]

    Last year in september I travelled from Thessaloniki to Athens (greece)
    with two friends on unicycles unsupported. That were 560km, 11 days. We
    had 2 small lightweight tents, sleeping bags, clothes and most of the
    other stuff you mentioned. We had no stove, pan or food as we were riding
    in areas where you easily can get food. Well, mostly...

    [color={usenetquotecolor}]>I'm trying to do this very lightweight,[/color]

    Thatīs a very good idea

    I had a rack at the back of my unicycle where I could put the bigger tent,
    my sleeping bag and some heavier tools.

    To put it short: this trip was the greatest holiday I ever made.

    Frank

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    • #3
      Joe Marshall <joe_marshall@dropmemail.com> wrote:
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Anyone done any long (multi day) rides unsupported? If so, what kit did[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]> you take?.....[/color]

      I've done a couple of semi un-surported long trips. semi in that we stayed
      at B&Bs or YHs, and tended to buy pub meals, or chip shop etc.

      South downs way has free water pionts ever now and then, very usefull,
      also quite a lot of pubs etc in villages on or close to the route.

      Lakes, this was our first long trip, stayed in YHs. Food a mix of pub,
      corner shop, chips. water not so easy to come by so we had puritabs with
      us, but tried to fill up at pubs, campsites etc. Campsites are a good
      place to find water taps, Paul also rates sheep troughs.

      We cut every thing down to minimum wieght, but stil carried good water
      proofs,( boy did I need them on the s.downs way day 2) a change of
      clothes, water,food and first aid kit. If I was doing it now ( with more
      experiance ) I'd have got a better back pack, with good stability straps.
      Lite walking boots seemed OK ditto cycle shorts and cool max top.

      Good luck ( your mad). sarah

      --
      Unicycle-Meets , Hockey, Basketball, games & workshops Saturday Oct 27th
      and Dec 1st Harry Cheshire High School, Habberley rd, Kidderminster
      e-mail stevegrain@aol.com for details

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      • #4
        "Frank" <frank.bonsch@post.rwth-aachen.de> wrote in message
        news:3bd91303.4673882@news.rwth-aachen.de...
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Hi![/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Last year in september I travelled from Thessaloniki to Athens (greece)[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> with two friends on unicycles unsupported. That were 560km, 11 days. We[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> had 2 small lightweight tents, sleeping bags, clothes and most of the[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> other stuff you mentioned. We had no stove, pan or food as we were[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> riding in areas where you easily can get food. Well, mostly...[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor2}]> >I'm trying to do this very lightweight,[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Thatīs a very good idea [/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I had a rack at the back of my unicycle where I could put the bigger[/color]
        [color={usenetquotecolor}]> tent, my sleeping bag and some heavier tools.[/color]

        Wow, now that really is pretty hardcore unsupported riding.

        How did you fit a rack on your uni, did you just bodge up a couple of
        fixings and bung a smallish bike rack on it or was it something more
        complicated. Also, did it do much to the balance?

        I thought of doing something like that for road rides, offroad it'd just
        be asking for trouble I guess.

        I'm not sure if I'll take a stove, although last time I went seriously
        hiking, I discovered quite how nice it is to have a nice warm bowl of
        noodles when you've just had to get a panicking scared of heights person
        to jump across rocks over a fast flowing waterfall in random unseasonal
        snow. I swear that was the nicest food I've ever had. Stoves are nice. But
        extra weight I guess.

        Oh yes, in case anyone's interested, this is the ride I'm thinking about
        doing next Summer:-

        http://www.offroadadventures-online.co.uk/rr014.html

        If I can get fit enough it can be done without full camping gear by youth
        hostelling / staying in b&bs which is a plus.

        Joe

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