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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    (actually its like less than half a block, and it was almost all rebuilt when we were there last a couple of months ago)
    When you say it like that, no one will want to hear the story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by consularrider View Post
    Hill House?

    The Town's Inn. It was not good, but that was before Gordon Ramsay had his way with it. Who knows what it's like now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    What would be your favorite bike for this?

    What would be your favorite bike for light touring? Like GAP + C&O?
    I've never done the GAP, but for C&O level touring, (for say 3 days/2 nights) I'd use my Matt Chester Mutinyman dressed up with some gears, a rear rack, and panniers, similarly kitted as I had it when I rode up to Michaux sticking to the paved and gravel roads:


    Gravel Grinder Bikepacking by ricky d, on Flickr

    Hard to tell from the pic, but on that trip I had Jones bars, a Fargo fork (which has bottle cage braze-ons), huge platform pedals and Maxxis Ignitor 2.1" tires. I'd prolly swap to skinnier and smoother tires. The bike is light and flexy, so it's one of my most comfy rigid bikes. That said, it's not so great for tougher mountain bikepacking excursions because it's really whippy and doesn't have a rear disc brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drevil View Post

    The last reason I can think of using packs over racks is that you spread the load out more on the bike. If I put most/all of my stuff in the rear panniers, the bike is very rear heavy, obvs. It makes maneuvers where I have to lift the rear (e.g., to get over a rock or a step-up) more difficult. With the rackless packs, I'll put some weight behind the saddle, some in front or beside the fork, and put the heaviest stuff low in the center frame pack to make the center of gravity lower and more central. Basically, it balances the bike better.
    This. I've toured on the Viaje with just a rear rack and panniers and much prefer the way the bike handles with the weight more distribute in bikepacking bags between front/frame/rear. Surprisingly the Pika bag, while extended in that photo, didn't sway at all and was really solid. Also gear expands to fit the space provided so if I have a full pannier set-up I somehow manage to pack them full resulting is more weight of stuff I don't really need. Bikepacking style helps me think more about my choices and allows me to move faster.

    A happy medium though was this:

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    That is the Sweetroll up front and my Tubus Fly rack int the back with the new superlight drybag style Arkel panniers. It makes packing a bit easier and probably is closer to a three pound rack/bag penalty rather than the six pounds of a standard rack and Ortleibs.

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    I did feel bad about the whole thing! We were to spend two nights in Harper's Ferry, but the inn was so dreadful we left after one night. I got to conduct the awkward conversation in the foyer: "Um, we're going to leave this morning instead of tomorrow. I hope that's OK." "You'll need to pay for the next night." "Um, really?" "OK, I won't charge you."

    We spent the next night in Leesburg and it was really nice! Air conditioning, hot water, clean sheets, food!

    Did we have that much stuff? DKel had the full panniers, mainly because he was hauling my laptop (thanks work!). I think I had roomy rear panniers.

    The best thing was watching some TV last year and having a weird flashback during a promo for some other show. "She looks familiar, and not in a good way. OMG that's the lady from the Inn!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    What would be your favorite bike for this?

    What would be your favorite bike for light touring? Like GAP + C&O?
    Heavy or light

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenbelt View Post
    Heavy or light

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    I don't own one, but yess! I was actually about the post the exact same bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenbelt View Post
    Heavy or light

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    Hard to tell from the pic, but is it a Kona Sutra Ltd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drevil View Post
    Hard to tell from the pic, but is it a Kona Sutra Ltd?
    Yep, in its natural element. That was a 15% grade, so I had to stop and take lots of pictures...

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    Looks beautiful. Out west somewhere?

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