The kind of tour we are on would be best termed light weight touring. We are carrying a minimum of gear and staying in hotels (rather than say, camping). I’m carrying just 1 set of cycling clothes and 1 set of evening gear, though the evening gear is mostly also made up of cycling/outdoor clothing for weight and ease of washing. Here’s my routine each night on arrival at my hotel room:
- scout the available clothes drying options (heated towel rails, hair dryers, trouser press, openable window)
- fill sink and put clothes to be washed in to soak.
- shower and stretch.
- hand wash clothes, wring and get them on to dry.
- dress in evening gear, make a cup of tea and blog.
After that it’s time to head out for food!
Some weight saving tips from the team:
Andy: asked for some scales in the surf shop and weighed all the flip flops to make sure he bought the lightest ones.
Tom: who needs deodorant? I’m going to smell in the day anyway and be freshly showered in the evening
Tim: soy sauce bottles from sushi packs for chain oil and other things needed in small quantities.
Sharon: I’m saving you weight as you don’t need to bring a road map. Oh and short USB charging leads save a few grams.
Pic is of my hair dryer drying setup in Weston super mare.