Once able to absorb the inundation of so much bicycle eye candy, I was able to focus in a little more. The next feature to catch my eye was the luggage. There was perhaps an even greater variety of things to carry, and ways to carry them, than the variety of bicycles on which they were loaded.
These photos were taken over the entire two day tour, but most were probably after breakfast on the second day. Everyone eagerly anticipated, and had their luggage sorted, for the mid-day brew-up in Lake City. There were all manner of clothing, stoves, food, kettles, baskets, panniers, picnic baskets, saddlebags, straps, and…yes…even flowers.
To my eye, it was a lovely sort of mish-mash of each individual’s interpretation of outdoor travel gear, functional flair, and purposeful style. It had a certain “hobo elegance” that prompted appreciation and conversation with one’s travel companions.
Maybe as you scroll through these photos you’ll get a few ideas that you can use in the future…like I did.
Is that some sort of brass canteen? Never seen anything of the sort before.
This looks like a great deal of fun.
That, my friend, is a vintage camp stove, and he used it at the brew-up. Same guy who has the kettle with the twine wrapped handle. Inspired me to spend more time in antique shops!
Whoops! Not the same guy. Now that I review the photo I see a difference in the saddlebags. I do remember this guy had a cool kettle regardless.
That is awesome.
The kettle on Karrimor is Garth from Chicago. The campstove is Mike aka Cheesy from somewhere in Illinois.