Bike packing is all the rage these days. In part, because in pandemic times, it’s a completely independent outdoors thing we can do. It also follows on the heels of the gravel bike trend since those bikes are perfect for mixed surface roads, camping, and carrying stuff.
I’ve done it in the past on rail trails, camping along the way, but it’s been a few years.
This summer we’re trying it again. To help with back country camping trips with our canoe and my bad knees we bought some lightweight camping gear that will also work well for bike packing.
Come June Sarah and I are heading out on the Simcoe Loop Trail: “The Simcoe County Loop Trail is a 160-kilometer loop that travels through nine municipalities, reaches three major bodies of water, including Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe, and Lake Couchiching. And, it is primarily on off-road, multi-use rail-trails! The route is flat, scenic and available as a multi-day tour.”
The plan is to park in Barrie and bike 40 km to Mara Park where we have a camping reservation
On Day 2 we’ll ride from Mara Park to Midland, 60 km ish where we’ve booked a bunkie.
And then on Day 3 it’s back to Barrie, 60 km.
On our gravel bikes with stuff we’re not that speedy–covering about 15-20 km/hr.
Long time readers will remember an earlier appearance of the bob trailer. Jeff and I used it with our road bikes on our biking holiday on Manitoulin Island. That time we didn’t camp and it was just used for clothes etc. This time we’ll be taking tent and sleeping bags etc. I’ll carry clothes etc in my bike panniers.
Do you do any bike packing? Any hints for us? Tell us your bike packing stories in the comments below.