In which I am not actually organized but making lists helps
I saw a bumper sticker that read "Organized people are just too lazy to look for sh*t."
That's me. I am a list maker.
|My packing list for the X-State Fall Ride|
When I wrote the X-State FAQ post, I forgot about lists! (because "include a bit about lists" wasn't on the list...)
For somebody like me, it all has to be on a list...and if it isn't on the list, it will get left behind. On an adventure like the X-State Ride, you can often borrow something from another rider, but if nobody has what you need, you might be stuck without it.
|There are not a lot of shopping opportunities on the trail...|
unless you're in the market for tumbleweeds?
So, here's a post about my list, and why I need to remember everything on it.
By now, the saga of the truck and the transmission mechanic who said "uh-oh" is part of my legend. If it isn't yet part of your legend, be glad...and get your vehicle to the shop w-a-a-a-a-ay in advance of your adventure. Transmissions take a long time to fix, mostly because the parts are apparently made in Hell and priced accordingly, and Fed-Ex shipments from the netherworld are undependable at best (and worse during pandemic).
So, get yer rig checked out prior to a big adventure. And put that maintenance on your list so it gets done. If you don't have towing insurance that will cover your truck and trailer and horses, do that. US Rider has been very good to me, but some people prefer Trail Guard. Just get something, okay? AAA won't touch your rig if it has live animals in it.
|At the Columbia River camp, May 2021|
Change the oil, fill the fuel tank, check the tire pressure (you do have a tire gauge, right? because mine went missing this week and I need to get another >>adding "buy tire gauge" to the list<<).
Last weekend, when I went out for one last shake-down trip before packing up all our gear, I discovered that the trailer had two flat tires (a wood screw and a nail, respectively) and that Fiddle had thrown a shoe. Gahhhhh. All fixed now.
|Mel came to apply new shoes to the Dragon in Revere during the Spring ride. |
If you don't usually gift your farrier with jams and tea, I recommend that you
put that on your list. A good farrier is worth GOLD.
My sleeping quarters are in the bed of my truck, so my bedding and stuff is all on the "truck" portion of the list.
|At camp in Revere, May 2019|
I haul all of my clothes in the truck--outerwear (of varying weights, because it might be 70* and it might be 35*...on the same day) is stashed in the cab, and everything else is in the bed of the truck with me.
|Old photo (2010?) of the amazing amount of stuff I used to tote to a weekend endurance ride.|
I take less stuff for 18 days on the trail now!
|In this photo from September 2019, I am wearing warm winter boots, |
wool socks, fleece britches, fleece-and-gortex rain pants,
a wool shirt, a wool sweater, a silk scarf, a down coat, and wool gloves!
And of course, sometimes it also rains.