Thanks for the great comments. I like making the movies just so I can re-live the trip over and over. Plus it would have been nice to have this sort of info before we did the trip. If it can help anybody else I am glad to put together a report with some details.
1) If/when you get some time, would you mind posting your gear review for this trip?
Hey Fat Bob (I feel like I am insulting you...sorry)...
Gear was the basic bikepacking kit that is discussed here all the time. Light weight shelter, sleeping bag, tools, etc. But here are the highlights for what I carried...Greg carried different stuff:
1) Shires Tarp Tent Virga
2) Marmot Hydrogen bag
3) Patagonia down sweater w/ hoodie
4) Katadyn Hiker water filter
5) Osprey Talon 22 with MSR 6 liter bladder (a 100 oz and a couple of bottles would be plenty for the route we took)
6) 2 tubes
8.) Garmin Vista
9) extra cycling shorts, 2 pair wool socks, wool undershirt, tights (double as camp pants), balaclava, light wool gloves, full finger riding gloves, light cap, light eVent shell
10) small pack towel, inflatable hospital pillow, fleece lined ditty bag to put pillow in for extra comfort, Big Agnes insulated core sleeping pad
11) headlamp, extra batteries
12) zip ties, extra der hanger, fiber fix spoke, master links, multi tool with chain tool, duct tape, lube, etc.
13) esbit stove and tabs, beer can pot, crappy waterproof matches that were hard to light
14) a little too much food :-)
15) various toiletry, first aid, survival (compass, magnifier, trash bag, small pocket knife, etc)
16) camera, SPOT (which stopped working the 3rd day)
I think that is most everything.
2) What did you utilize for logistics? Did you chart everything out on topo maps and carry maps, or load .gxp files and go with a GPS unit? Combo of both? I'm horrible with direction and recently got a Vista HCX... still trying to figure that out too!
I spent a lot of time with TopoFusion along with a poor park map to create a gpx track. It worked really well. Once we got to the park they had a large laminated topo map with all of the trails marked that we brought along. Definitely get that map. I should be able to get the actual gps track from my Garmin if I get around to downloading it all. The trail is pretty well marked, but if you are in a daze you can miss things and when in creek beds it can get pretty confusing. I would have a good map at a minimum.
Happy to give you more info if you need it. It was a great trip.