Preparing for a ride to Crater Lake on the F800GS…paring down my gear, modifying, eliminating.
Last trip I had too much on the bike. Didn’t need most of it. What I did need was too bulky anyway.
Following pics from my mobile phone:
^^^The red bag and blue bag are even at the end, which shows that the blue bag is about half the length of the red and nearly three inches smaller in diameter.
^^^Found this Big Agnes Oak Street Air Pad on the shelf at REI for about $45. It took 20 deep breaths to fill it tight. I couldn’t get any more air into it. Mellissa and I tried it briefly and both gave it a thumbs-up for comfort. The real test will be camping at Crater Lake next week. The Thermarest mattress took 10 deep breaths after self inflation. We love our Thermarest Luxury Map pads, but they don’t pack down small enough for minimalist motorcycle touring.
^^^The compressor now fits into a sandwich-sized Ziploc bag. There are several moving parts exposed and the motor will get hot, so keeping this contraption out of the dirt and providing plenty of air movement will be key to its survival.
I have used this pump to inflate a motorcycle tire. It took about 15 minutes. Had to let the motor cool down a couple times. Obviously this pump is for emergencies only. Hopefully it will never be used again.
I’ve ticked down my master packing list and eliminated tons of stuff. Will upload some details tomorrow.
Still researching highly-compressible sleeping bags and solo tents. Had considered taking the hammock instead of tent but saw some recent posts about mosquitoes wreaking havoc at Crater Lake through the end of July or later.