March 12, 2016 – First bike camping test trip

North Hollywood to Leo Carillo Campground
50 miles  11 Miles

I can’t call my first cyclocamping experience a complete failure because I learned a lot.  I learned that my tubes aren’t the right size for my wheels — that’s a big deal!!  Sadly it took me having to deal with three flats within two hours to learn this lesson… I think I need a checklist for future rides.  Things I forgot this time around: Patch kit, cable to charge my phone… Maybe that’s it.  There are a lot of people at the hike/bike sites.  One guy has a cool chair, someone else has an inflatable solar lamp. It’d be nice to have something to drink with dinner aside from water but it’s not necessary.  I’m going to try to ride part of the way home with a guy named Wesley.  Hopefully I can keep up with him.  In the meantime I plan on riding to Leo Carillo again next week, and I’ll be damned if repeated flats derail my ride again!

Kind strangers lend a hand
Kind strangers lend a hand
The third flat was the final nail in the coffin... only 11 miles from home!
The third flat was the final nail in the coffin… only 11 miles from home!
Waiting patiently at the bike shop
Waiting patiently at the bike shop
This is NOT how tubes are supposed to look!
This is NOT how tubes are supposed to look!