This year St Malo – Cherbourg. Whole week on the bikes, weather superb as well as food. In fact was a bit too hot, despite cloudy start in St Malo. We slowly learning from mistakes, and creating list of gear. So far we learned that the best weather is guaranteed when you got all possible rain gear with you overshoes, over-trousers and rain jackets 😉
Story in photos below.
We spent this year spring half term holidays in slightly better climate. Just want to share quick hint, how I managed to wash my bicycle clothes. (actually might be any clothes on the go, on camping as well)
Normally you going to wash them in the sink which is painstaking and boring. I developed technique with using dry bag:
- put some washing powder inside,
- soak all clothes with the water and quickly transfer them to dry bag,
- squeeze air and close drybag
Now you can sit down on patio with beer in your hand, gently stumping/squeezing the dry bag with your feet. Don’t do it to vigorously as you might burst the bag, often changing the position of the bag rolling it from one side to another. After 10 minutes job is done. I used karrimor XS dry bag which is approx 5 liter but I wrapped closure extra 2-3 times so effectively the volume was smaller. In the meantime you can chat, play cards, watch tv whatever you like ;-).
Quick walk to nearby woods, mainly to test hammock and enjoy, rare recently, dry weather.
Nothing too fancy about hammock. Rectangle piece of ripstop nylon 350x150cm with roll hem longer sides and channels on both ends, nylon straps tree huggers, Amsteel rope for suspension. As this was the first attempt, I didn’t make any permanent changes just to see if the setup will work. Feels ok, and I’m thinking that people claiming they’ll never go back to tent camping, might be actually right… Will see. to complete setup I need tarp and bugnet (underquilt in the future?). Stay tuned. To familiarize more with hammock camping I recommend two channels on YT:
https://www.youtube.com/user/shugemery – Shug channel hilarious yet informative
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHVdwBKQFsAD2rNF0JwE-cg – Joe Brewer bit of diy (I really like it) and lot of information, his setup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnQZr6eW2e0
Marceli blending in ;-).