It’s been great to see my Dad and family in Reading over the last couple of days, the weather has been good and we’ve managed to do about 15miles of walking in the day and polish off a similar number of bottles of wine in the evenings. I’ve just heard from Joe a few hours ago, he spent the night just South of Rugby and is en route to meet me here either tonight or tomorrow morning.
I’m still having thoughts on my bike being too heavy, I keep doing a mental rummage of my panniers looking for some heavy and cumbersome ‘thneed’ (Dr. Seuss, anyone?) that I don’t really need to bring along.
The possible culprit items are (followed by my excuses for keeping them):
Binoculars: They’re really good ones, super bright 8×10 optics, I love using them to spy on wildlife and occasionally people.
Wide mouth vacuum flask: It’s great for soaking rice, pasta, etc. for faster more efficient cooking, the lid is my only mug type object and it can store hot tea and warm food.
Tripod: I don’t need a tripod but I want it so much that it’s definitely not going to be left behind; tripods really open up new possibilities with photography.
Tarp: I’m taking a tent so I don’t really need a tarp too, but I’d like to use the tarp over the hammock or ground and to just sleep open with my mosquito net for protection. I’ve never had the chance to use it so I’m looking forward to trying different set-ups and sleeping more exposed than in my tent.
What do you think, do these items bear a similarity to Dr. Seuss’ ‘thneeds’, should I leave them behind and embrace a more minimalist approach?