An overnight hammock/recumbent trike expedition. November 2011
Link to YouTube video (in HD, no less!)
Gear list is at the end of the written report.
Why did I do this little trip? I've always wanted to tour by bicycle and now I am the proud owner of a luscious orange (color is important) German-made recumbent tadpole tricycle.
Beals Point campground (Folsom Lake SRA) is about 13 miles from my house, quite useful for my first human-powered-vehicle overnight.
It took me an hour and a half to get to the campground and two and a half to get back. My average on the way out was 9 mph, and back was just over 5 mph. Yes, you saw that right. 5.2 mph. Oy.
Take a look at this little diagram for part of the reason:
RidewithGPS gives these stats for my outbound leg
Elevation: + 1089 / - 1814 ft
Start Elevation: 1189 ft
End Elevation: 486 ft
Minimum Elevation: 126 ft
Maximum Elevation: 1334 ft
and this for my return trip
Elevation: + 1783 / - 1070 ft
The other reason for my lethargic pace is that I'm pudgy and middle aged.
At noon I rolled out of the garage, down the driveway, shifted to my most grannyiest gear, and slogged up the STUPID hill in front of the house. Every from-the-door-tour will start this way so I ought to get used to it.
Then I got to fly down the first hill on the main road and attained 37.3 mph! That's the fastest yet I've coasted on this bike. Or any bike. Ever.
My nostrils flapped in the wind. Weird feeling.
I traveled primarily on roads (usually no bike lane but with a shoulder of varying quality) but used a bikepath over Folsom Crossing (the road/bridge replacing the old dam road across the American River just below Folsom Lake).
There are multiple construction projects all around Folsom Lake.
Sometimes Folsom Crossing is closed around noon for blasting or other exciting things. I timed it just right to have a nice break in the shade of the construction company's office parking lot (not that I was trying, but it worked out fine). No blasting was audible.
After Folsom Crossing, although I could have continued on the bike path to the campground, I chose instead to take Folsom Auburn Road, since I needed to pay my camping fee at the kiosk.
$25 for the off season, no biker discount.
I chose Site #1 since I was tired and wanted to set up camp and there were two trees Right There and I'd have plenty of 'campground TV' to watch since I was right off the main drag.
While I was setting up, I realized that I had packed neither climbing carabiners nor Dutch Clips for my hammock. No matter. I made it work anyway.
Unthreaded the straps from the hammock, wrapped them around the trees by threading one end through the other end's sewn loop, rethreaded hammock.
And I even remembered to take them off the trees the next morning!
I loafed around and read and people-watched. Had some tea.
I critter-watched (turkeys, squirrels, bicyclists)
Loafed some more and ate dinner (sandwich from the deli I'd stopped at on my way through Folsom).
Gathered some HUGE pinecones (sorry, forgot a pic of those) which helped my twig and small branch fire look Much Bigger than it was.
Finally crawled into my hammock (I had my Crowsnest 3/4 underquilt and Burrow top quilt) and read or listened to some podcasts.
Got up multiple times in the night (why did I have two cups of tea with dinner? I KNOW better!) Smelled a skunk one time.
Woke up for good at 6:30am and wandered around the lake shore for a while, then packed up and headed back.
Back over Folsom Crossing, then up all the hills I'd gleefully sailed down less than 24 hours before.
I whined a lot climbing up the hills, but I also had a chance to stop and admire the landscape. In a car I fly by at 55mph so I miss a lot.
Remember the 37.3 mph hill? Well, I had to go back up that. Ugh.
Arrived home 23 hours after I'd left, with way too many pics and video to process.
I wore exercise shorts and a short sleeved golf shirt (wicking and very comfortable) on the way out, and lightweight wool (long sleeves and long pants) on the way back. Temps were in the mid to upper 60s on the way out and about 10 degrees cooler with more wind and not much sun on the way back.
If I had been riding into the afternoon on the way back, I would have stopped and switched back to the lighter clothes.
I tossed the Primaloft jacket in the bag on a whim, and I'm glad I had it along. I did not use the wool zipneck jersey or the booties or the fleece gloves. Or the rain pants.
It was nice and cool but not too cold at night: perfect for snuggling in the Burrow and also for having the tarp fairly high up. I'm glad I put the doors on the south west end, since that's where the early evening and early morning breezes were coming from.
My trike weighs 40 pounds (not something I can change) and my total gear weight (bags, food, water) was 29 pounds. 8 pounds of that was bike tools.
HP Velotechnik Scorpion full suspension trike.
9-32 semi custom cassette, 26-42-52 front, 155mm cranks, 20" wheels all around.
OES tarp with guy lines and 1 set doors, stakes
Burrow topquilt, Crowsnest underquilt, Gossamer Gear pad
Caldera cone w/ esbit stove, Ti pot/mug/spoon
Tea bags, milk, sugar
Some sandwich from the grocery store along the way
Couple of bananas
One pair exercise shorts and golf shirt, sports bra, socks, bike shoes
Helmet and ball cap
Wool zipneck jersey
Wool long underwear set and hat and fleece balaclava for sleeping. Booties.
Fleece gloves and wool socks
Homemade primaloft pullover
Rainpants, lightweight, for windblocking or light rain
Windbreaker, high viz
Pliers, allen wrenches and one Torx
Master links and some spare chain, chain tool
3 tubes and mini pump w/ gauge
Tire levers, patch kit, boot
Gorilla tape and zip ties
Toothpaste, brush, floss
1/4 bar of soap, deodorant
Toilet paper, hand sanitizer
First aid kit
Notepad + pencil
Celphone and charger
Camera and spare batteries
Paperback and headlight and ipod
Arkel tailrider bag
Arkel RT-40 panniers, one lined w/ trashbag for clothes and hammock
Sea to Summit dry bag lined with trashbag for quilts
Boom pouch for camera, phone
Last edited by E.A.Y.; 11-04-2011 at 20:19.. Reason: date
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Athens, TN
Hammock: ENO DN--DIY 1.1 dbl
Tarp: WL Big Daddy
Insulation: AHE UQ/DIY TQ
Suspension: AHE Webs/whoopies
Cool report, Liz. Sounds like you had a good time. You sure are thorough--gear list--including gears! Looking forward to more recumbent adventures.
Old Gorge Rat
I'm impressed ... and that's one nice rig you have. I enjoyed the video a lot!
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Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: St.Albans WV
Hammock: HH, CJH NX-250, WBBB 1.7 dbl
Tarp: Std, Hex, or WBSF
Suspension: Poly web w/AHE buc
Great trip report!
I am a lapsed rider, road & mountain, and have not done a tour in over ten years. This makes me think about getting on my bike again!
I tried a long wheelbase recumbent this summer, and I have to say I am interested. Maybe next spring...........
Join Date: Oct 2006
Tarp: wb superfly
Insulation: yeti,peapod(1st v
Suspension: whoopies treestrap
loved the video.....recumbent bikes look cool...
"A womans place is on the trail"
That was a great video of a great trip. Thanks for sharing it with us. I liked the tarp outtake at the end!
Join Date: Aug 2009
Hammock: Switchback 1.1 dbl
Tarp: AHE prototype hex
Insulation: Leighlo hi and low
Suspension: strap/ring buckle
Great video as always!
One thing I love about my recumbent is there is always room for a camelback behind you. Drinking from a tube is easier than messing with bottles.
Hate hills too. Way tougher on a bent bike.
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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NE Alabama
Hammock: Clark NX-200
Tarp: Clark XL-Fly
Insulation: KAQ NR UQ/AHE KAQ
Suspension: Strap/cinch buckle
Thank you for taking me on a journey this morning while I am stuck at work. It is odd that the one trip report that I read is about someone biking to hang. My signifigant other and myself pulled out the bikes for the first time in a long time for both of us and went for a wonderful ride. We were humbled by our bicycles yesterday, they proved that we are not in the shape we think we are in!!!!!!!! I can say that there will definitely be more rides in the future and hopefully one day soon we can pedal and hang as well.
Par Si Vis Pace Para Bellum
Nice vid,,,,,,,and the rolls royce of trikes,,very cool. I think i remember a video of a couple of guys going down a bike path at Folsom lake??. I had a trike for a couple of years but it didn''t work out in my area that well . I have a Barcroft Dakota these days, two wheels, but its been lonely in the shed as i've been on honeymoon with my kayak. Recumbents in the bicycle world are like hammocks in the camping world, most folks don't realize how comfortable they are and now that bents are winning the RAAM,, well,,,their fast as well.
Thanks for sharing
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