I haven't really done much backpacking. My main outdoor sports are mountain biking, rock climbing, and trail running with the occasional day hike thrown in for good measure.
I am planning a trip for this summer to going to bike the kokopelli trail from Fruita, CO to Moab, UT.
It is a 145 mile bike ride through the desert with no water sources. The average ride I think takes four days.
Most people do it in groups and use support vehicles stationed at locations where the trail nears the main highway to store water and other supplies. I and a friend of mine are however, hoping to do it straight through without support vehicles at a fast pace of three days.
This creates the real problem since there are no water sources on the trail. I am estimating that we will need one galloon of water for each day so three gallons per person for the whole trip.
Since we can hydrate heavily before leaving on day one, and have stores at the end on day three, carrying three gallons should be more than enough.
Since this is a lot of weight as a base and is absolutely necessary, I think the only way this is even remotely possible is to take on some of the ultralight backpacking philosophy for the rest of my gear.
keeping in mind that each person can carry nearly a gallon on the bike alone (large nalgene or other type water bottles mounted on the bike) that leaves the need to carry between the two people:
1. shelter large enough for two (probably just a tarp)
2. sleeping pad for each person
3. 2 gallons of water
4. emergency and hygene supplies
5. spare bike parts (tube/tire repair kit, spare chain, small tool kit)
6. Food for three days
7. headlamps for biking in early morning/late evening hours
in may(when we are planning to go) the temperatures are usually mid 80's at the highest and low 60's at the lowest.
keeping in mind that each person is going to be carrying 16lbs (2 gallons) or water in the pack, can you guys recommend ways I can make everything else as minimalist as possible so we aren't running around with 40 lb packs trying to pedal our bikes?
We wont be taking a change of cloths, for the sake of weight and space.
I'm thinking a lightweight long sleeve and long pants base layer for UV protection with light weight biking shorts and short sleeves on top.
We will more than likely also just be eating dry food to avoid carrying cookware, etc
thanks for any help you can offer,