Strange the conversations we have first thing in the morning. Today it was about what we should do about our books. Now we’ll have time to read them but no space to carry them.
We’re not on the road, but the journey’s begun. We have a new set of problems with solutions to be found. Yet problem solving has never been so much fun.
Packages are delivered and I put them to one side until he gets home. We have dinner, a drink and then dive into the packages to see what’s arrived. Today it’s two wardrobes, a clothes line and kitchen sink.
As packages are coming in, others are going out – an unexpected recycling system is fully operational and is now like a conveyor belt that’s only switched off at night.
So how do you fit a home with two wardrobes and the kitchen sink onto two bikes?
It’s a question I’ve been asked, so am going to share the gradual process of figuring that out.
First the home.
We trialled a Vango 300+ tent during the summer and I learned we’d probably kill each other if we stuck with it. You had to clamber over luggage to get into the sleep area. The sleep area was overtaken by mattress and as the mattress was high, it took up head room. Changing was fun for a couple of days as you bounced around on the bed and finally lost all the air and had to hand pump it up again. Fun for a couple of days, not for a couple of months. Standing room became a priority as well as an extra door.
I did a lot of research. When a tent emerged that had a garage big enough to fit a bike I sat up. Not so much that it could fit a bike, but the fact that because it could fit a bike, it was tall enough to stand up in. It has four doors, so the sleeping area remains intact while all the messy stuff stays outside. It’d have room to even put a sofa. Although not lightweight as in the backpacking sense of lightweight, it isn’t one of those really heavy family tents either. It was designed for bikers.
We take a chance on it and the sun comes out and I pitch it all by myself. Now that I know the wind end from the garage end, we could do it in less than 10 minutes. Behold the Redverz Atacama.
The tent, footprints, sleeping system, two tarps and a dry bag to secure them in are 15kg and with a payload that exceeds a passenger weight, that’s not bad. Even I could carry it.
I move around inside without having to squat. The sleep area has a generous head room too. I love it. It’s exactly what I hoped for and overcomes all the problems of the Vango I knew I couldn’t live with.
What you see above is going to be the bulkiest of our items. But I’ve still not explained the wardrobes and kitchen sink. See if you can spot them in the picture below:
All will be revealed in a future episode of how to pack for Granny on a Bike.