Bikepacking Recon @ Beartown
Yesterday we put our bikepacking preparation and planning through a well thought out field test in Berkshire county. Meeting up in Lenox, MA, we headed south through Lee and Stockbridge to Beartown State Park in Monterey.
Laura rode her sweet titanium Salsa Colossal Ti, which she will tell you, actively participates in the process of moving you forward. The bike I rode, my beloved Giant xTc 27.5 MTB, carves nicely in the woods. But riding it up the mountain into Beartown, and then back north through Great Barrington up into Lenox, was a total bear. Especially packed with gear. For a total of 38 miles. And 2825 feet of climbing. To complicate my ride, my rear seat pack has a design flaw which caused it to sag and drag on my rear tire. Because muscling a 27 lb. mountain bike packed with 30 lbs. of gear on knobby tires isn’t hard enough.
That said, this was a FUN DAY. It was bright & sunny, the scenery was spectacular, and the adventure was real. I do, strangely, enjoy a level of physical difficulty. I know all the work I did yesterday is money in the bank for training. At the campsite, Laura & I tested out the hammocks and we both had them up in under 5 minutes. Score!
Now we pray it doesn’t rain when we actually go. There a loads of trails all around the campsite. I’m not sure how many are bikeable, but hiking is on the agenda too. The next big thing to figure out is food, and rain strategies that we hopefully don’t have to rely upon.
No more practice runs, the next time I post about bikepacking, it will be the real deal. 2 nights in hammocks with the bears! #BearBurritos2016