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Jun 29, 2017

On this week's pod, three great hiking traditions bicycle touring should adopt. AT and PCT through hikers have more than a few great ideas to learn from!

The Pedalshift Project 085: Three great hiking traditions bicycle touring should adopt

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Three great hiking traditions bicycle touring should adopt

Inspired by following the adventures of 2017 AT hiker Brad of Bike Hike Safari and 2017 PCT hiker Dixie over at Homemade Wanderlust.

Bounce Boxes

Tips from a through hiker

Post offices in the US will hold packages for up to a couple of weeks using general delivery.

c/o General Delivery
Attn: Please Hold for Bicyclist
Estimated Arrival: DATE

Ship things you know you'll need in town on a zero mile day ("normal clothes" for wearing around town and doing laundry) or bulk things you use but don't want to carry a lot of (Dr. Bronners camp soap, toothpaste and other toiletries, etc.) or things that aren't easy to get in the places you'll be (very specific foods, etc.).

Best for LONG tours that have less access to larger towns.

Can ship the box ahead to the next spot, or just do it one time!

Trail Magic

I almost called the Pedalshift newsletter "trail magic" but decided against it since it's such a part of hiking and not bike touring culture... but maybe that should change?

Trail Magic suggestions from the AT folks

Setting up food and drinks for people traveling through... sometimes a cooler of drinks, all the way up to a "feed" where everyone passing through can get a good meal from a bunch of grills.

Half-Gallon Challenge

Eating a half-gallon (!!) of ice cream (or rice dream perhaps if you're not into dairy) at the halfway point of your tour. Maaaaaybe want to reserve this for longer tours rather than an overnight ;) 

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