(In the unlikely event that even one or two people care.)
- gore-tex shorts (no more warm weather rain, only the freezing kind)
- 1 pr padded liner shorts
- spare camera battery (never used it)
- iPhone AA battery charger (never used it)
- #4 Allen key (rare use and my backup Park MT-1 wrench has one)
- DEET (high up, will deal with it in future as need arises)
- Dual earbud adapter (never used it, phone speaker instead)
- Tent stakes (rocks suffice)
- Maps for Ecuador, the Cordillera Blanca (not to worry AE, I mailed home a brand new one to replace yours), and the top half of Peru
- Finished the novel a month ago, haven’t found a suitable replacement and just read from the Kindle app on the phone
There is now almost an embarrassment of space in the seat bag, and I am able to carry a couple of days of breakfast, a lunch or two, and one dinner for three. Still, there remain naysaying predictions of my demise by starvation on the Salar. I elect to remain deaf to this pessimism.
*I’ve also exchanged the practical visor for a regular ball cap, in part because of Walwyn’s indirect implied suggestions that I look like a Japanese Ladies Professional Golf Association Pro, not that there’s anything wrong with that. The other motivation is that I got tired of being jealous of the crowds of Peruvians with Yankee caps on. Thought I should fly the birthtown crest, too, and not least of all because it reminds me of the person it reminds me of.