Misguided Bikepacking Adventure? Too Fast, Too Cold, Too Windy, or Simply Too Ambitious?

bikepacking gone wrong
One of many scenes from JOM’s adventure

What is bikepacking? In a nutshell, a mountain bike, gravel bike, cyclocross bike, or a specifically designed bike, can be used to carry around gear for minimalist camping. People riding loaded touring bikes have been doing this for years, but modern bike designs have greatly opened up routes and adventures to the gravelly roads and tracks less traveled. Ride, enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace, and hopefully, have a lot of fun along the way!

misguided bikepacking adventure

JOM of Gravel Cyclist is not a bikepacker, but thought he would give it whirl, as an adventure to help celebrate a recent milestone birthday of sorts. Where he differed from true touring cyclists, bikepackers and so on, is the lofty time and mileage goal he set for himself, which may have been a wee bit unrealistic? That in itself may have stonkered his grandiose adventure plan.

The Misguided Bikepacking Adventure Video?

In this video, JOM shares his adventure along the way, with retrospective commentary about points of interest, things learned, and more. This is a long video, but hope you garner something from it just as JOM did! Massive kudos and respect to those folks who truly love touring, bikepacking, or the crazy world of self-supported adventure racing over multiple days!

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bikepacking gone wrong

bikepacking gone wrong

misguided bikepacking adventure

misguided bikepacking adventure

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  1. Avatar Dennis G

    JOM, 150 miles in one day? As someone who’s done a bit of bike touring, GAP/C&O, 50 miles in one day is a lot of miles while carrying your luggage and a steel frame bike is preferred over today’s exotic frame materials, steel is real and no camping, credit card only. An entertaining video nonetheless.

    • JOM JOM

      Definitely overly ambitious on my part.

  2. Avatar Todd Sloan

    Hi JOM,
    Enjoyed you video, and the walking aside narratives about the pros and cons of your journey.
    Curious about why you did the ride in winter? Would it have been better weather spring or fall? And in hind sight could you have stopped earlier to set up camp along the way, so you weren’t so knackered at days end? Will you try again knowing what you know now?
    Looks like great riding area and a well done effort on your part.
    Thanks for sharing.
    From the west coast.

    • JOM JOM

      Hello Todd,

      The Florida winters are very mild for the most part, but that particular weekend was rather cold. As I work a regular job + GC, I chose a weekend with a public holiday (Martin Luther King Day) tacked onto the end, to hypothetically give me three days. My plans to stop early were derailed by having to re-route a few times, but in hindsight, I should have chosen a spot to camp out while daylight was still about the place. But, I got caught up in the goal of making Valdosta by the end of day one, and the wheels promptly fell off.

      With all that said, very happy with my ride considering the weight of the bike, temperature, wind, etc. I would try again, but break the trip into four days and likely stay at a hotel each night. I much prefer the higher performance aspect of a lighter bike, vs chugging along with 47lbs.

      Thank you for your questions.

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