The winter through 2012/2013 has been very cold and we have got used to cycling in a lot of gear. I will be taking plenty of thermals, long trousers, and a big jacket. This together with double gloves, buff, beanie for under my helmet, and overshoes should keep out the worst of the weather. The extra thermals will double up as evening wear. I might take some shorts.
The gear will go into Ortlieb backroller panniers and an Ortlieb front box mounted on the handlebars.
We will just get food as we go along. We will not be cooking anything. I find a steady input of carbs and protein while cycling works and I eat dried fruit and nuts through the day, also usually with a sandwich at some point. I will start each day with 150ml of fluid. By preference this will be Powerade but squash with some salt and sugar in it works nearly as well. I always like to be well hydrated so the bottles will be topped up at every opportunity. It’s good to get a banana and a pint of milk as soon as possible after finishing and a decent meal in the evening. I am not great at breakfast but have promised to try harder. I do not eat meat.
We will be carrying enough spares and tools to keep us going. Up until Oban we will be able to access bike shops but after that we have to be completely self sufficient. We will have spokes and chain repair links, a multi tool as well as a small track pump and several spare tubes. I am also taking a carbon dioxide gas tyre inflator. The Garmin 800 and the pre-prepared maps from a road atlas are our navigation tools.
Phone, Ear plugs, sudocream, insect repellent, passport, credit card and a Dorset flag! That’s about it.