I use hte same set-up with hammock and uq. Your way of attaching it looks good, and will be tried!
You're coming pretty close to West Virginia, where you'd be welcome, but we are mostly mountains. I've enjoyed your blog so far. Can't wait to hear what you have to say about us.
Guys, thanks for the positive response. I'll try to reply one by one:
MAD777, cheers! I'll have GPS maps once I get a new laptop in NY and manage to get them onto the GPS unit, so I'm a little more organised than I appear!
2ply, what a gent. Extremely possible I'll be passing through. A British friend works for Cirque du Soleil. Apparently his show is in Atlanta in December. Will try to be around there then.
Firemedic, the map above is not clear but the rough idea is to avoid 'the bumpy bit on Google terrain maps'. Is that the Appalachian range?
K0m4, my setup works for me more or less but never tried it way below freezing. Any and all feedback appreciated. Bear in mind I'm only 5ft6 so if you're much bigger you may experience it differently.
WV, in theory I'm not going through your state but things can change. As for reviews of my American brethren, I'll be fair . I'm certainly not planning a Louis Theroux-style tour of the small but vocal nutjob element you have (we have them too).
Finally, a noıte on the plans. Looks like I'm buying a flight for tomorrow morning if I can get a box to pack the bike for the plane. Nothing arranged in NY. Warmshowers hosts not responsive. Probably sleep on a park bench until the 5-0 busts a cap in my ***. Oh yes I speak Yank.
I think I went down to about -2C or -3C (sorry can't remember fahrenheit) with the Snugpak and an old sleeping bag on top. I took the hammock sock off because at that temperature it was too warm. I've been carrying a Thermarest on this trip as well for extra back insulation. Only ever used it as a stool when there were no rocks or logs to sit on in the woods. Haven't unrolled it once.
The worst I expected to face on this trip was -30C, probably during a treeless stretch in W.China, but I don't think I'll be able to experiment now. How cold does it get in the Rockies in December?!
Flight about to be booked. I'll do a new thread and link to it in here eventually.
Last edited by Gobsh; 10-04-2012 at 05:11.
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