A number of readers have wondered if I am exiting the overland triking model of life, seeing as how I am selling my trike and some of the accessories for trike touring. I suppose that might logically be one conclusion that could be drawn, especially since the two Arkel GT-52 panniers will be going to the new owner with the trike. If I were going to continue this overland gypsy lifestyle, how would I do it without those bags?
Well, this lifestyle has become a part of what keeps me vital and excited about living. Overland treks have a way of creeping silently into your blood. They realign your head with new ways of seeing life, and I like the results. Only those who go will know.
Yes, I will be getting a new trike, most likely this January once back north in Oregon, as there is no sales tax up there. The new trike will be considerably faster than my Q, and this puts destinations in reach more readily when considering whether to go. If you had an automobile with a top speed of 30 miles per hour, would you be as inclined to take it on distant trips compared to if you had a car with a top speed of 60? The mindset is the same for overland trikers, especially those who don’t own cars.
Regarding the sale of the Arkel GT-52 panniers (the ones I just had modified by shortening the really long tube on the rear of the right pannier), I have concluded I do not need so much storage volume anymore. I will be acquiring a set of waterproof panniers for the rear rack with a cargo volume more in the neighborhood of 40 liters rather than 52. So, gypsies, I’m still here – just a little lighter and faster.
The next overland journey will have a new trike and new rear rack panniers. The Arkel TailRider trunk and the Radical Design side seat pods will remain the same. Oh, and regarding the NEMO Obi one-person tent, that will most assuredly stay with me, for it is hands-down the best tent I’ve ever had (ultra light, and ultra fast to pitch and strike).
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