happyintas wrote:I bought a new torch to take.
It is a "Ultra Bright LED Dynamo Flashlight". It is waterproof and shock resistant. Cost was $30 (on sale at Repco). You charge it by winding the handle, and the feature I really like is you can plug your mobile phone into it and charge it by cranking the handle. If I charge it before I go (with a mobile phone charger ), it will provide 60 hours of light - this should be plenty for the trip, so I will only have to crank the handle to charge the phone.
Ianw wrote:Great list VicJane,
There are only a few differences to my usual list,
Ear plugs are handy if you are a light sleeper or like to sleep in a bit. If you think you are an inveterate snorer you can be neighbourly and hand them around to neighbouring tents.
Small roll of electrical tape. Good for anything from tying broken spokes to repairing dome tent poles(Tully) or redirecting a drip in your tent. (Coopernook)
1 pair "Explorer" socks. Invaluable on a cold night.(Stanthorpe)
Spare guy ropes can double as a clothes line.
My personal favourite. A lightweight folding hammer.(Yea) I kid you not
Disposable latex gloves work a treat in cold rain. Carry them and you wont need them, its a form of insurance.
Electrical tape as above. Good for securing things that rattle loose on other peoples bikes.(Echuca)
PinkGigi wrote:Add to list: small piece of bubble wrap that stashes in backpack or somewhere on your bike for sitting on at lunch, after/morning tea stops. By the time the tour was over, no more bubbles, bum had flattened them completely, job accomplished.
Directeur Sportif wrote:That’s a good idea, Roshea, but I don’t see why you just couldn’t come out and say “condoms”.
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That’s a good idea, Roshea, but I don’t see why you just couldn’t come out and say “condoms”. Are you embarrassed by your sexuality? There is indeed potential for liaisons on the big rides. Sadly, many come on these rides hoping to have their first experience and invariably go away disappointed.
Condoms will come in handy, particularly, if you take up with the “swinging” crowd that swap their “tandem partners” every night. I also recommend that you take a good quality personal lubricant as well. Vaginal dryness is a common problem in for the over 45 set, especially after a few days riding. “Sylk” works well, and tastes like kiwifruit. It is also useful if soreness is intractable and other approaches need to be considered.
Sexual health seems to be something that the organisers of the ride ignore. I feel that there is a duty of care requirement in this regard, and at the very least some safe sex tips should be included in the ride guide and the nightly briefings.
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