Fall bikapacking overnight: a photo-essay


Yearning for a quick escape out of Chicago? If you can carve out two to four days, the Great Lakes offer unsurpassed opportunities for bike touring, bikepacking and camping within just a few hours drive of the city. For a simple overnight, like the one we did in northern Michigan, you barely need any special equipment beyond what you probably already have. We literally strapped our tent, sleeping bags and mats to the bike frames with cinch straps an bungees, and —since it was just an overnight— we carried food for dinner and breakfast in lightweight nylon backpacks. We did not carry the pink bucket! That was fortuitously left on the site by previous campers.

We did bring two highly packable and highly useful objects: an ENO's hammock, and a MSR Trailshot microfilter, so we did not have to carry water.