So, let's get started with our luggage:
|Everything packed into liners / bags|
We were planning on staying in hotels and motels most of the time, but also brought the tent, sleeping bags, and mattresses in case we couldn't find a place to stay.
- The large black bag in the upper left corner has two ThermARest mattresses and two Kermit chairs.
- Andrea's tank bag is next to that. In there was a Canon DSLR + our maps.
- Next to this is Andrea's travel pillow.
- In the upper right corner is my tank bag with assorted small stuff, some tools, head lamp, spare helmet visors and so on.
- The two red bags are packed with our clothes. These fit into Andrea's side cases, each on top of another liner, one was for food, the other for toiletries.
- The two grey/black/yellow bags have our sleeping bags, the large green thing is the tent.
- Then there is some stuff like lid liners for my cases, cooking gear, a small axe, Teva sandals (in the two blue bags on the left side, ...
We didn't bring all too much stuff overall, but could still optimize away quite a bit.
|All packed and ready to leave|
The picture above shows how we packed: pretty much everything went into the hard cases, I had camping gear, Andrea had clothes, food and toiletries. My top case was for the travel pillow, laptop, jacket liners and other stuff we might need over the day. The bag with chairs and mattresses is on Andrea's bike. This is how we packed every day - no need to change anything.
|Taking the long way|
The first day was a mix of highways, some freeway and lots of backroad. We started in Sunnyvale and rode about 608km (377 miles) that day to Ridgecrest, CA. It was a really, really good start!
|Well deserved lunch|
|Another much needed break|
|Interesting landscape - click on the photo for a large view|
We were pretty much done after that day. It was a long ride, but through some really beautiful areas and along some amazing roads.
The next day will be Death Valley and then on to Las Vegas (actually to Henderson, NV, we didn't stay directly in Las Vegas that day).