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My First Tour

I joined WarmShowers in the Spring of this year and have had the pleasure of hosting serveral touring cyclists.  Next summer might see my first tour and it will likely be the Katy Trail in Missouri.  My question is about what equipment veterans deem invaluable that might not seem obvious.  Thanks in advance for your answers.

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Hi David, 

Hi David, 

I was thinking of doing the Katy Trail next fall. Do you plan on camping?

I am not a veteran myself as this summer is my first experience in bike touring. I did a ride around Lake Ontario, the C&O Towpath and Vancouver B.C to Seattle. 

What I learned so far is not what I should have taken, but rather what I should have left at home. I took way too many electronics with me. I have an ultra light laptop that I thuoght would be great for keeping up on things, I should have taken a small tablet instead. I also had a bag full of chargers, wires, etc that I should have left at home. I did, however, take a battery charge pack with me that was awesome. I can get 3-4 smart phone charges as well as a couple of gopro charges off of it. 

If you are camping I found that carrying a kitchen full of groceries with me was just silly. It was easier to find food for each days ride along the way, a bit more expensive if you cannot find a good grocery store but way lighter. 

Since you are going to ride a well laid out trail this next one does not pertain to your needs at the moment but for further reference; Never Trust Google Maps! (no that is not a road, it is a drainage ditch!) :D

Just a couple of the things that I found for my own needs, everyone has different requirements and again I am no veteran so there should be lots of other folks with better advice. 

Have fun, I really wish that I had time this year to do the Katy Trail myself.

 

David

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Thank you David.  That is

Thank you David.  That is exactly what I was looking to hear when I posted this.  Riding the Katy in the Fall is probably the best time.  I rode a 20 mile section of it in February and found it exactly as you describe.  I was on a road bike then and that is not ideal for the surface. 

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