I have always slept cold and usually wake at 3 or 4 am with cold feet and even colder inner thighs. I’m sure it’s my age but I seem to need to pee about this time of day too. So I needed to solve both problems. In this post I’m going to focus on sleeping warm and comfortable, peeing is for another post.
I had originally decided to follow Anne Mustoe’s route across Europe which involved following the Roman road called the via Romea Francigena.
On August 5th 2014, my 50th birthday. I set off on a 1500KM cycle tour across Europe.
The bike cost me £45 and I was a little under prepared but I went anyway.
I finally sat down at my editing suite and started putting together my cycle journey across Europe. I wanted a record of the 1500 KM cycle tour through 6 countries. Each Episode is 30 minutes long and the first will be posted on Sunday, March 31st and then weekly.
Ultra lightweight, however, means expensive, Cuban fibre (Dyneema) currently is the most robust and lightweight material you can buy. However a 3m x 2.9m Cuban fibre tarp weighing in at only 76 grams, costs nearly £400, my current tarp is 830 grams and cost £35.
I used a 1.5m X 2m camo tarp for a few stealth camps but I’ve stuck with the DD Hammock 3m X 3m. Over the years I’ve used it in various configurations, enabling me to bed down almost anywhere. It’s also been handy as a shelter on rainy days when I needed to repair my bike.
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