Monday, December 27, 2004

my plans & what I plan to take

Well, I and my bicycle are off to India on 2 January, returning to Melbourne on 17 March - about 11 weeks. After arriving in Mumbai I plan to cycle to Igatpuri (about 125km) where I'll sit a vipassana meditation course (see until 16 Jan. I'm not sure where I'll head after that - either south to Goa or north into Rajasthan.

here's what I plan to take (this may seem a bit obsessive, but many people are keen to know these things):

Scott Yecora Mountain bike
2 rear panniers & 1 handlebar bag
2 bar ends
bike computer (Sigma 1600)
Kryptonite cable lock
puncture repair kit(s)
"Cool Tool" - multi-function repair tool
Allen key set
ProLink Chain Lube
spare spokes
1 spare inner tube
pair of cycling gloves
bike helmet
lights - front & rear (front light can be used as a torch)
bungy or 'occie' strap

2 small padlocks & wire cable
sink plug
sewing kit
small polyamide towel
ClickZip clickable storage bags
sleeping sheet
3 x Space Bags (to compress clothing)
Plastic bags
clothes line & 3 pegs
Lonely Planet Road Atlas to India & Bangladesh
Lonely Planet Guide to India
several books to read
travel clock
Swiss army knife
plastic spoon
extra passport photo(s)
photocopy of passport, visa, tickets

1 T-shirt
1 Polo shirt
2 long-sleeved shirts
1 windcheater
4 pairs undies
Pair Columbia shorts (for swimming, etc)
Pair Gondwana shorts (for cycling)
Pair long trousers
Pair cycling knicks
Pair sandals (for cycling)
Pair socks
shoes: black Dunlop Volleys
sunglasses/ clear riding glasses (interchangeable lenses)

toilet bag, including small mirror
face washer
"interdental cleaners"
Poly Wipes - for oily/ greasy hands
Wet Wipes/ small tissues
small soap, shampoo, toothpaste (can buy there)
First aid kit - antiseptic, bandaids, alcohol swabs, cotton buds
tongue cleaner
shower cap
Betadine drops (as antiseptic, and for water purification if needed)
RID Sunblock with Insect protection
RID Tropical Spray On (DEET)
nail clippers
Lomotil/ Immodium
Super Glue for cuts & for gluing
? moisturiser/ skin lotion for sunburn

Laptop computer (to keep notes, mp3's & to store photos)
Kensington computer lock
AC Adapter
Canon Powershot S30 & Battery charger
International adaptor plugs
surge protector

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