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When: July 22-26, 2009
Where: See a map of the route
More Details: Download and share a 2009 Greenway Sojourn informational brochure or read more online.

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What to Bring to the 2009 Greenway Sojourn:

Participants are limited to two bags, weighing no more than 40 total pounds. We strongly recommend durable duffel bags. Plastic bags or corrugated boxes will not be permitted. ID tags for your bike, body and bags will be given to you at check-in. RTC is not responsible for loss of or damage to baggage.

Use the following checklist to ensure you have the needed items on your tour:

  • ANSI-/Snell-approved helmet
  • Food Mess kit consisting of a bowl and/or plate, a hot beverage cup and eating utensils*
  • Handlebar or seat bag (plastic bags to keep things in your bike bag dry in case of rain) 
  • Frame-mounted bicycle pump 
  • Tools and spare tubes/patch kit 
  • Two large water bottles 
  • Bike lock 
  • Lightweight sleeping bag 
  • Tent and ground cover 
  • Sleeping pad or air mattress 
  • Camp pillow 
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries (one that doubles as a headlight is useful) 
  • Raingear 
  • Riding clothes (breathable) and shoes 
  • Cycling gloves 
  • Camp clothes and shoes 
  • Swimsuit or other creek apparel 
  • Clothesline and clothespins 
  • Medication 
  • Personal first aid kit 
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen 
  • Underwear and socks 
  • Medical insurance card (carry always) 
  • Sunglasses and hat 
  • Washcloth and towel 
  • Identification (carry always)

*In an effort to cut down on trash we are requiring everyone to bring their own mess kit consisting of a plate and/or bowl, cup and eating utensils. Wash stations will be made available at each breakfast and dinner.

Packing Tips
Stay Dry
Expect that your luggage will get wet at some point on the Sojourn. This is inevitable on a rainy day between the time bags are unloaded from the truck and you stow them in your tent.  When you repack, dew- or rain-soaked tents will leak onto unprotected gear. The solution: Pack in plastic every item you want to keep dry inside the duffel bag. You'll be glad you did!

Proper Attire
Choose the proper clothing for a summer event. Cycling-specific shorts with synthetic chamois padding help prevent saddle-induced irritation. Lightweight shirts made of moisture-wicking fabrics will keep you drier than cotton will. Rain or shine, we ride, so be prepared with cycling rain gear. If we have a rainy, cool day, bicyclists without protective rainwear risk hypothermia—and that's no fun!

Towels and Other Services
This year
Rosie's Towel Service will join the Greenway Sojourn and provide a limited number of towels for a modest fee, ensuring a dry towel each day and avoiding the hassle of packing a damp one in your luggage. Rosie is also offering rental camp chairs and other services. For reservations of a towel or chair contact Rosie at: kampingkomforts@yahoo.com

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