OOPS --- I guess I didn't finish my "tip:" We put the double-walled plastic "glasses" that come with the straw that cannot pop out with the wind. The double wall helps the water stay colder longer....but yes, just as buddy there mentioned, fill 'er up to the top with ice, and then pour in the water. Sip away as you ride with no fear that the straw will disappear into the wind! Great!As a suggestion for the cup. I use a kids "sippie cup". I fill with ice at where ever and then water. Stays cold for a long time. You can flip up the "straw" while riding, have a little nip and then close it up with one hand.
Just a suggestion.
Mostly clothes... Actually, I determined I didn't need to change pants everyday. Undergarments were necessary everyday but when you layer on gear, with jackets, vests, sweaters, etc. You can go for 3 days without changing outerwear. Most riders think that you need new wear for everyday but plan to wash every 3 days and you need minimal clothes. Also, lots of tools that I didn't need, hammer for tent stakes, duct tape. With a roadside assistance plan, there is not much you can fix on the road anyway. I had tubeless tires so I could plug a tire and a small battery booster kit or jumper cables was all I needed. Fuse kit, pliers, small wrench kit only.Haha I have a feeling that I'll quickly realize the same RV! My main reason why I need to get out and do some weekend rides with full gear. Want to get that first hand taste of what in my gear list is just fluff.
Curious, do you have a quick list of what you mailed back? I haven't had the opportunity to pick the brain of another long distance solo rider..