Northern Tier 2010

June 10, 2010

Overnight Shakedown

Filed under: Gear, Preparation Rides — Henry Scott @ 2:18 pm

My friend Matt and I did an overnight ride to Potato Creek State Park last Sunday (June 6). He’s preparing for a tour from DC to Pittsburgh along the C&O Canal Towpath / Great Allegheny Passage — the same route my brother and nephew just did. He also has a Surly LHT. The picture at left is of him on the road. I forgot to bring my camera, so this was taken with my new prepaid Verizon cell phone (an LG Accolade 5600); not a great picture, but not bad either for a $20 phone.

We didn’t hit the road until close to 6:00 p.m., but due to the time of year and our far-westerly position in our time zone, we were able to easily cover the 20 miles and set up camp before dark. We each cooked simple meals (he was trying out his new Jetboil stove) and had plenty to eat.

This was my first night in my new Big Agnes (BA) Emerald Mountain SL1 tent with my new BA Air Core sleeping pad, BA Yampa 40°F sleeping bag and Sea to Summit Reactor sleeping bag liner. Everything worked very well, but even without any rain there was a lot of condensation on the underside of the fly. That said, none of it got into the tent.

The bike rode better than I expected with the weight, but I need to make some minor tweaks in how I pack the gear.

We got on the road just after 8:00 a.m. the next morning, and I was in my office by 10:45.



  1. So, Henry . . . you went to Potato Creek and slept with Big Agnes . . . is that a correct reading of this post?

    Comment by Bruce — June 11, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

  2. Shhh! Don’t tell Jennifer 😉

    Comment by Henry Scott — June 27, 2010 @ 11:26 am

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