What I packed For My Camino de Santiago Thru Hike on Bike.
With my Camino Santiago bike trip coming up my packing list in full swing. I am feverishly thinking of what to take and more importantly what not to take. I decided to change how I carry my load from last year in which I used panniers to this year where I will be using a 10 liter backpack and some frame bags.
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Post Camino thoughts:
Using a backpack to hold almost all my weight ended up being better then I thought. As shown above I didn't not pack many cloths, so when it came to wearing the pack I felt light and comfortable. During steep inclines where I needed to hike-the-bike the lack of weight on the bike made it easy to tow and walking with the pack strapped to my hips was just as easy. For next year I plan on using a larger saddle bag for housing more of my items and riding with less weight on my back, but still plan on taking a backpack.
On the camino I saw more backpacks then I would have thought. Additionally I saw a good amount of 3 in 1 panniers that draped over the pannier cage. They seemed thinner then what I used last year and so more aero. Even though they were thinner they used the top part of the cage so most likely they held the same amount.
A few years ago, and not a recurring theme this year, i remember seeing bikes packed to the brim with frame bags and some towing trailers. I can not imagine how much stuff that person was carrying. A setup like that would be impossible on parts of the camino Portuguese especially up la bruja.
If you want to read more about my camino check out this article of the top 3 things i did right and top 3 things i did wrong.