After the trip

The short two-week trip was in preparation for a shift into bike-packing, now that I am back home. The effort now switches to purchasing such bags. I’ve done my field research and I have concluded: “I need to build my setup around the largest things I will carry.”

Which include: Ipad Pro (tablet), Camera, and a Therma-rest Sleeping Mat (inflatable). I had stored the tablet in a backpack, managed to squeeze the mat into a seat bag, and I then allowed the camera to rest in a handlebar bag. Having the Camera up front was very handy. Being able to reach it soon after dismounting without having to prop up the bicycle was very nice.

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This is the first time I ventured out with a decent camera, and I must admit; my artistic eye has a lot to learn. Many of my photos were random and the landscapes were not defined. Of the few I do enjoy, are all of broken down buildings. The forgotten and dwindling small towns of West Texas provided great black and white photos.

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Looking back and editing photos like these, presents an ache to return to West Texas. It’s a rough terrain filled with dangers big and small. The landscape is dry and rough, and the critters are fast and poisonous. But the small towns provide a world few are able to witness.

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Regardless of wether when I will be heading out, I need to adjust my setup to something a bit more comfortable. I like how the weight is distributed with bike-packing. But I also love how much space panniers have. More likely than not, I will need to settle with something in between these two schools.

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