Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Somewhere near Parkville, MO
Rain Gear and extra clothes.
Are you camping along the way?
Get a bag of baby wipes, it's not a shower but it feels better than being dirty all night.
Extra shoes so you can ride with dry feet while the other pair is drying out.
I only owned one pair of glasses when I was wearing them, but then might vision was never really that bad, just fuzzy, so I could go a while without. If you're vision is worse you probably already have a second pair.
You don't have to take bottled water with you, but you should buy one every time you fill up AND have it drunk by the next fill. If you're not peeing every rest stop your dehydrating.
Money, credit cards and cell phone. I have a Blackberry with Facebook on it. Every stop I take a picture, hopefully of a nice landmark and put the location in the title and transfer it up. This way those that care can keep track of me. It narrows the search field, I'm just sayin.
Take a REAL camera and take lots of photos. The only problem with Digital cameras is you have to go through a ton of pictures to get the good ones. The biggest difference between professional and amateur photographers is the number of pictures the professional will take. In the old days you used to have to develop a lot of expensive film. Now you can breeze through hundreds, get those magical shots and dump the rest at no cost but time. I have a buddy thats professional, watched him do a spread on a local shop. He took close to a hundred photos, ended up using 2 of them but they were both keepers. Frankly, most of the other hundred were keepers in my expertise BUT thats why he makes the big bucks, a keen eye really helps there.