This is not our dream list of gear. If we had a bigger budget we’d upgrade some things, however, the name of the game is frugality so we make do with what we have. Thrift stores occasionally hold treasures for us and help us with our wardrobe and we’re always checking outdoor gear stores for deals. We recently acquired an alcohol stove at a gear swap in Tucson for $12-sweet! The following list has been updated April 2012.


Our bikes are nicknamed Bruce and Tass after two awesome touring cyclists that inspired us. We read about their adventures in their book Road of Dreams.

Surly Long Haul Truckers (Debi-olive drab and Bryan-truckaccino cream)
2 front and rear Surly Nice Racks
2 handlebars-Salsa Moto Ace Woodchipper
Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires
Bryan-Velo Orange aluminum fenders
Debi-Planet Bike plastic fenders

4 panniers each: 2 Ortlieb Backroller Classics and 2 Ortlieb Frontroller Classics
4 marine bungee cords-holds down stuff on the top of our racks,  and the hooks are  plastic and not sharp
2 SealLine drybag backpacks


2 reflective triangles
2 helmets
2 red blinking lights
2 headlights
2 bike bells (ding ding here we come! and here we go!)
2 rear view mirrors
2 kryptoflex 5′ cables
2 stainless steel round locks by On Guard
keys for the locks and whistles on the key chains
Locking hub skewers for all wheels made by On Guard
bright orange vest
wooden stick that Bryan carries for aggressive dogs
rocks to throw at dogs
emergency blanket-extremely handy for unexpected cold night to lay over the top of our sleeping bags
36 inch Sam splint
First Aid Kit


It may be prickly outside, but it's always home inside

REI Quarterdome Plus 2 person tent
Footprint for Tent
8 regular stakes + 4 snow/sand/rock stakes

2 Thermarest 3/4 sleeping pads
straps that “marry” our sleeping pads
2 pillows: Debi uses her down vest and Bryan has a small stuff sack
small fleece blanket-used underneath us with bags on top like a comforter
Thermarest Z Rest that we cut in half to use for our feet at night and to sit on during the day
2 – 20 degree down sleeping bags that zip together


fuel for the stove-denatured alcohol
Trangia Alcohol Stove
lighter and pouch for stove
MSR large stainless steel pot w/locking  lid
red folding bowl
ziploc tupperware container with screw on lid-perfect for soaking muesli, lentils and quinoa for dinner, or leftovers!
Seattle Sports collapsible vinyl bucket
small scrubby/sponge
2 small shammy towels
2 plastic bowls and spoons
leatherman-in the kitchen for can opener
folding knife
small plastic spatula-for getting the last of the nut butter and scraping dishes/pot
small grater
vegetable peeler
bamboo spoon
small plastic cutting board
2 plastic insulated mugs with lids
2 cotton napkins


4 Water bottles-just smartwater 1 liter bottles (lightweight and durable)
2 plastic 2 liter bottles (lightweight and durable)
MSR 6 Liter Dromedary Bag


Typically we carry the following foods:
rolled oats for muesli
raisins, almonds
coconut oil
nut butter
salami, pepperoni
carrots, broccoli, whatever’s in season
green tea
bananas, apples
quinoa, noodles, cous cous
lentils, canned beans or better if they are dehydrated
salt, pepper, curry, italian seasoning

We use the PCT method to keep animals away from our food.

2 stuff sacks
3 carabiners
40 ft slippery yellow cord
30 ft other cord


Go Girl for Debi – can stay on the bike  and pee! Nice in roadside situations.
baby wipes-for when there’s no shower
toilet paper
hand sanitizer
plastic trowel for digging cat holes
2 plastic bags for emergencies!
yellow sack holds it all

2 Microtowels by Seatosummit
blue scrubby thing
Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap
random shampoo
nail clippers
shaving soap in old school tupperware
shaving brush
scissors-we trim each other’s hair to save $$
dental floss
2 toothbrushes


Asus eee pc 8.9 inch Windows XP laptop and ac adapter + pouch
Altec lansing usb powered speaker
2 sets headphones and splitter
usb powered mouse
flash drive
2 Canon 16 mp digital cameras (used the other to take the photo) w/shared charger and cable
old fashioned calculator
Kindle with free 3G/keyboard and ac adapter/usb cord  + homemade holder/cover
aaa/aa rechargeable battery setup for headlamps/radio/bike lights
2 Petzl Tikka headlamps-with red lens, we love these
small Grundig radio with shortwave/am/fm
2 cateye strada bike computers
simple old tracfone-no cell phone plan or smart phone = no bill


lightweight synthetic vest
synthetic shorts with zip off legs
lambswool sweater with full length zipper
swim trunks
3 prs briefs-2 synthetic, 1 cotton
synthetic boxers
2 handkerchiefs
long sleeve smartwool top
cotton button down shortsleeve shirt
sleeveless synthetic top
cotton tshirt
4 prs socks-2 synthetic crew, 2 wool
fingerless bike gloves
Patagonia Rain/Snow jacket
fleece hat
lightweight fleece hat to fit under helmet
fleece gloves
waterproof over mitts
ball cap
Keen Targhee Hikers
flip flops
Patagonia long underwear bottoms
Helly Hansen Rain Pants


REI fleece hoodie with thumbholes
cotton leggings
fleece pants
Northface pants w/zip off legs
lightweight shorts
flannel shirt
t shirt
bike shirt with back pockets
high visibility tank toop
Patagonia Rain/Snow Jacket
LL Bean down vest
Marmot rain pants
White cap
Brown brim hat
Patagonia travel dress
sports bra
regular bra
4 prs underwear-cotton, can’t do synthetic!
2 handkerchiefs
Outdoor Research waterproof over mitts
windproof gloves
thin synthetic gloves
fleece turtlefur
fleece hat
2 prs wright socks
2 prs wool socks
fingerless biking gloves
Keen Targhee Hikers
flip flops


keys/wrenches for locking hub skewers
duct tape
thin wire
rubber pieces
hose clamp
zip ties
cleaning brush
2 spare slime tubes (26inch and 700cc)
clean rag for flat tire changing
3 pedro tire levers
tire repair patch
coins for air machine at gas station
2 valve adapters
spare parts for presta valve stems
self adhesive tube patches
topeak dual dx air pump
spoke wrench
chain tool
wet lubricant
rubbing alcohol
hex wrench set
adjustable wrench
2 flat wrenches 8,9,10,11 mm
cassette removal tool
leatherman multi tool
spare parts:
2 extra sets of brake pads
2 extra brake cables
2 derailleur cables
nuts and bolts
chain links
chain quick links
1 bar end shifter kit
roll of electrical tape


deck of playing cards
tennis ball for massage -thanks Alexis!
sewing kit
baby powder for shoes and other places
sunglasses with interchangeable lenses for varying conditions
prescription glasses
writing paper
stamps & envelopes
art supplies
stuff sacks



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