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Special Thanks to Tom from Mangolia Auto Body! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert   
Friday, 28 September 2012 19:19

tomrobtomskinnySpecial thanks to Tom from Mangnolia Auto Body! He is a VERY special sponsor because he allows us to use the house in Ocean City to bunk for the night. I had the opportunity to meet him today, and he's a very nice guy! It's a shame he cannot make it down to party with us on the MS150. This is Tom's second year donating the house.

Thank you Tom! (And if you get the chance, use Magnolia Auto Body!)

 
Join us for Bikepacking 2012 - Autumn Leaves! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 17 August 2012 15:42

For more information, visit www.BikePacking.us!

 

 

2012 GAP Trail - Autumn Foliage Scenic Trip
Itinerary at a glance:

  • Depart: Friday October 19th 2012 at 8am from the "Trail Inn"
  • Friday Night: Husky Haven Campground, Rockwood, PA (~30 Miles)
  • Saturday Night: Ohiopyle, PA (Campground TBD) (~30 Miles)
  • Sunday Night: Husky Haven Campground, Rockwood, PA (~30 Miles)
  • Arrival, Monday, Oct 22nd - Trail Inn, Frostburg, MD (~30 Miles)

This beautifully scenic route on the GAP trail will leave Frostburg, meander to Ohiopyle and back. During the route, you'll cross the Mason-Dixon Line and also cross the Continental Divide!

Never been "bikepacking" before? Here are some things to note:

  • THERE IS NO COST FOR THIS TRIP OTHER THAN YOU INCURRED EXPENSES.
  • You'll need to pack and carry everything you'll need on your bike. This includes your tent, sleeping bag, food, tubes and bike maintenance items.
  • This is a "slow" beginner ride. We are NOT RACING.
  • This is PEAK season for the leaves changing
  • We usually have wine and beer each night.
  • Don't like to camp? Stay at the bed and breakfast along the way!
  • We become a "community" and often share things along the way.
  • Two people are better than one, since you can share tents, camp stoves, etc.

Want to see how the last trip went? Check out some photos and videos from our Spring trip on the GAP Trail of 2012.

Here are some resources you may find useful:

 
Heck of a lot of motorcycles! PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 December 2011 15:18
 
Team Hangover Nicknames, What's The Story? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert   
Friday, 05 August 2011 14:05

questionAs you all may know, we've come up with several nicknames for the members of our team. Not all of our members actually have them yet (you have to earn them!). Here is the story behind our nicknames:

"Sparkles" - Lori C.
Her bike is completely brilliant with colors and stickers and lights up at night. In addition, she wears these sparkly shirts and clothing. You can't miss Lori on a bike!


"Swoot" - Steven W.
Skinny Steve and Jeff have coined this nickname way before he was into cycling. Can't change what is already working! Welcome to the team!


"The Sail" - Sean H.

Sean is a very tall guy! When you draft off him, it's like having a sail in front of you (coined by Crash)

"Crash" - Christine S.
Self explanitory - Crash never got used to clipless pedals. She forgets to clip-out, so she falls. She's had some pretty serious injuries over the years, so we stay far away. Some of them were truly funny though. Definelty earned her name. (Coined by Bean)

"Knuckles" - Al W.
Like myself, Al rides a low-rider recumbent bike. His knuckles drag the ground if he drops his arm. He has actually been seen moving debris out of the way for other riders (Thanks Knuckles!). (Coined by Rob)

"Flats" - Jeff D.
No one has had worse luck with flat tires than Jeff. He holds the team record for most in one day (four) during the ALS ride in 2009. I've never seen an angry side to him, but that day it definetly came out. As long as Jeff keeps getting flats, we seem to have good luck with ours. Keep up the good work! (coined by Crash)

"Skinny Steve" - Steve S.
Steve is a very skinny little man. But you have to feed him several times during a ride. Where do you put all that food, man? (coined by Rob.)

"The Hamster" - Colleen L.
In your rear view mirror, you can sometimes see Colleen's candence so high, that she resembles a hamster on a wheel. The legs are moving so fast, and the bike seems to be going a little slower. This doesnt happen anymore, but that's how she got her nickname. (Coined by Crash)

"Sissy" - Chris M.
During a Medford/Shamong ride, Crash called Chris "Sissy Chrissy" - Not really sure how this one came to be, but it stuck.


"Roach" - Jim R.
This one is a total mystery to me, but it stuck somehow. I know he's not using any illegal substances, so I'll have to research this one a little further.

"Gadget" - Joe F.

The only Bikepacker I know that would take out an iPad and say that it was weighing him down. I think that was all he was carrying. Complete with solar chargers, iPhones, iChargers, iFires, iBikes, iEverything.

 

"Howdy Doodie" - Jim W.
According to legend (records do not go back that far), Jim W. looked like Howdie Doodie as a kid, and this has haunted him for a long time. Welcome new member, Jim, aka, Howdie Doodie.

 

"Blinky" - Pete B.
Pete is an avid taste-tester of Monster drinks. Several of them a day. He drinks so many of them, he simply doesn't blink. Hence the name.

 

"Donk" - Matt Cafone
Matt looks just like the guy in the second Crocodile Dundee movie. "I don't need a gun, I've got a DONK"... see here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufDTDUPZrag

 

"The Bean" - Rob B.
Okay, certainly not self proclaimed, but I was given this nickname a while back when we first formed the team. Crash had noted that I looked like "Mr. Bean" when i smiled. Frankly, I don't see it. However, this name is two-fold: I have had some "during the ride" flatulence on occasion, so it meant more than just a Rowan Atkinson look-alike.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 15:18
 
BIKEPACKING: 160+ Days to go! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 05 December 2011 15:12

The one thing you’ll need to remember: PACK LIGHTLY – you’ll have to carry everything you bring! SHARE WHAT YOU CAN!!

 

This is the first revision of this document. Please send back with corrections to the list and I’ll make a final when time gets closer.

 

This may be one of those emails you’ll want to save and print. Remember that whatever you bring on this trip, you’ll have to carry. This means, you’ll need the proper rack, panniers, backpacks, whatever.

 

Obviously, you’ll need a rack and panniers. This photo shows one with rack, panniers AND a trunk on top. I find that a trunk isn’t necessary thanks to the invention of bungee cords J

 

Remember, road tires on your bike will not work, but you can buy inexpensive hybrid tires for your bike that will work wonderfully.

 

Here is a checklist of must-haves on your BIKE:

 

  • Bike, racks, panniers, trailer (if that’s your thing), handlebar bag, cell phone holder
  • Plastic baggies (you’ll thank me for this later) and rubber bands
  • Water bottle(s)  or hydration pack
  • Bike Lock – you can share with a friend, but I’m sure we’ll need to lock up
  • Bike Mojo – (i.e. mascot/trinket mounted on your bike) – Don’t ride without one!
  • Air Pump or CO2
  • Extra Tubes (bring lots to share too!)
  • Tool kit

 

Camping Gear

  • Tent with rainfly
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Air Mattress / Pad
  • Air Pillow or extra clothes in a sack
  • Mess Kit – little pot or pan to make soup or boil water Fork, Knife
  • Camping Knife
  • Insulated travel Mug – you’ll need this for coffee or soup
  • Flashlight / Headlamp
  • Batteries for Flashlight
  • ZIP Ties (I can’t tell you how frequently we’ve wished we had these, and no one ever brings them.
  • Duct Tape

 

Clothing

  • Helmet!!
  • Cycling Jersey or T-shirt. (Team Hangover shirts are available for $15 – SHOW YOUR TEAM SPIRIT)
  • Padded shorts (if you ride a wedgie bike)
  • Several changes of clothes. If our route planner ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) can find laundry facilities along the way, you can pack less. I’m sure some campgrounds have washing machines, so this may be useful information.
  • If you wear clip shoes, you’ll want to bring an extra pair of sneakers to change into.
  • Cycling gloves will help alleviate pain in your hands if you’re on an upright (wedgie) bike.
  • Socks. Bring plenty of these. If yours get wet, you’ll want to change them frequently
  • Lightweight rain jacket
  • Baseball cap / visor. Especially if you get bad bed-head J

 

Documents/Wallet

  • Driver’s License
  • ATM / Credit card
  • Cash – We’ll let you know about how much you need once our route planner shows us the stops.
  • Emergency Contact info – just in case – We need to know who to contact if something goes wrong.

 

Personal Items

  • Watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Cell Phone
  • GPS (always good)
  • Cell & Camera Charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Chapstick
  • Digital Camera or Camera (see Documenting below)
  • Lighter / Matches

 

Toiletries

  • Travel Towel / Washcloth
  • Soap / Shampoo (you can put some in a smaller bottle from target or dollar store)
  • Deodorant (please, do us a favor)
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste (another favor please)
  • Hair ties / Scrunchies for the ladies
  • Disposable razor
  • Woman’s personal hygiene products for the ladies
  • Ear plugs (sounds funny, but people snore and these are priceless when you can’t sleep)
  • Your prescription medication
  • Vitamins / supplements
  • Band aids / First Aid
  • QTips
  • Aspirin / Advil / Alleeve – You’ll thank me
  • Antacid – Tums – A must have!
  • Toilet Paper!

 

Documenting the Trip

If you know me, I love to document our trips. This one is special to me and I plan on making a wonderful documentary in HD that will be posted to YouTube and on our websites. I’ll be doing a video diary every day, plus filming all of you with a GoPro and my cell phone. I encourage you to take as many pictures and videos that you can. Because I am overexcitable, I need them as soon as the trip is over, so email them to me as you take them. You can take a picture on the road and immediately email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so I will have them the minute I get back. Please don’t be shy about the camera – this is a once in a lifetime trip that you will all want to remember.  Talk to the video cameras, smile for the stills. The more we have the better. The final video for this trip will also be submitted to the C&O and GAP websites for them to use as advertisements.

 

Our Planning Crew:

Christine (Crash) Sennott: Accommodations planning and reservations (see below)

Steve Smith: Our Human Walt Ebbert: Rookie Liaison – Helping the rookies get started and packed. Also provide training info for beginner cyclists

Robert “Bean” Blanda: General planning and recruiting (that’s me!)

 

Volunteers Needed

Food & Meal (and on-bike snack) planning – also where to find water sources.

Transportation to and from start point, parking

 

Accommodations: (Crash)

Crash, some things to keep in mind when planning the accommodations:

  • Our stops need multiple outlets for us to charge our phones and batteries
  • Anyone have Wi-Fi along the route?
  • Laundry facilities (yes, yes!)
  • Shower Facilities? (clean ones if possible)
  • Bar / Liquor stores?

 

Route Conditions (Skinny Steve):

  • Check for conditions of C&O canal
  • Find beer along the route
  • Bike shops? We may need them

 

Rookies:

Don’t worry, we’re here to help you. There’s no reason why you wont be able to carry all of this stuff in a backpack/panniers. Walt will help you reduce your weight to make your trip easier. We’ll probably only be doing 50 miles a day, and we have ALL day to do it. It’s not a lot if we leave early in the morning and take our time and enjoy the scenery. THIS IS NOT A RACE and no one will EVER be left behind. We are all doing this ride for the enjoyment. If we do 8 mph to get there, then so be it. It’ll allow more time to suck the marrow out of the scenery.

 

If at any time you have questions, please feel free to call my cell phone. I need help with all this planning and if you’d like to help out, please send us ALL an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Or just call me 609-320-9831

 

Respectfully,

 

Bean

 
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