A little different to my usual posts – here’s simply a pictorial account of a wee solo overnighter I did from my doorstep last week. Being able to ride from home is definitely one of my favourite, simple approaches to micro adventuring and making the most of weekends.

Approximately 80kms to the campsite and 80kms back. I paid for my late (11am) start on the way out in Queensland 30C+ humidity and blazing sunshine, navigating a bunch of mud and sand and route changes – the creek swim at the campsite was absolute bliss!

I’ve included my gear list at the end of the article. I like to play around and typically set my bike up a little differently each time. Since this will be one of my last trips on this bike, running a rack, I seriously loaded the rear up to see what it could withstand – it performed perfectly, other than being a little weighty while fishtailing through a lot of sand – but that comes down to the workman, not her tools 🙂

Another wonderful solo doorstep mission; minus the sunburn! Also, I know it would make sense for these images to be in order; but, they’re not. C’est la vie.

Gear set up:

Bike: Cannondale Topstone 105, running a Brooks saddle; Walmer Bars and a Surly rack

Bikepacking kit: Rapha bar bag; Revelate Designs Saltyroll bag; Revelate Designs Tangle frame bag; Revelate Designs feedbags; Revelate Designs micro panniers; Voile straps holding everything together!

Camping kit: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Bikepacking tent, Thermarest Neo Air mat, Big Agnes AXL pillow, Sea to Summit Spark SP0 sleeping bag; Jetboil Mini Mo stove.

Technology: Garmin inReach Mini, Garmin Edge 530 – used for navigation , GoPro Hero Black 5, Mavic Air 2 drone