My packing lists were quite a hit with people it seems. I wrote them primarily for my own benefit and was pleasantly surprised when the statistics on the posts went through the roof in the run up to PBP. They were published in Arrivee as well.
I wrote what has become quite a popular post on the 2011 PBP experiences and whether they met with my expectations. That article was included in the PBP finishers magazine and seemed to resonate with quite a few people as to how PBP feels the first time around. I was always worried that the second time around PBP things wouldn't be quite as exciting and fun, that the novelty would somehow have worn off. I am pleased to say I probably had more fun than even 2011!
Part 1 was here In many ways, part 2 is more important. Clothing is clothing - we all know we need some, but, depending on how hot we run, makes for very personal choices.
As we turn our attention to the final part of qualification, many riders (including myself) will ride their 600 qualifiers as they would ride PBP. There are many thoughts on what kit to bring to PBP and you'll see everything from people with 2 panniers full to people carrying next to nothing (who are supported).
I thought I better do as I have done for the past couple of years and put down my thoughts on the season ahead, even though it is well underway already. 2015 is a PBP year, and it's like a whirlpool of activity that drags you in ever faster.