Getting cranky (Day 173)…

head lamp

While on this cycling trip a couple weeks ago, I quickly realized how ridiculously unprepared I was for the weather. Despite the gear list advising us to bring warm sleeping bags and heavy fleece jackets, I just flat-out refused to believe Oregon could possibly get that cold in August, and so instead packed this Equatorial +15ºC sleeping bag, which was so thin I actually wore it as a scarf most nights and slept in layers of other people’s sweaters.

I also brought a couple long-sleeved T-shirts I figured would only be needed if it rained or something, and didn’t bother with any hat or warm socks.

Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Needless to say, I was freezing almost every night. And then, to make matters worse, my flashlight died. It was some cheap thing that didn’t have replaceable batteries, but because it was pretty crappy to begin with, I decided it was time to get a real flashlight. I wanted one of those geeky headlamp ones, too, because it would allow me to do important stuff like s’more assembly and lip gloss reapplication with both hands.

When I went to Grassroots today, I found exactly what I was looking for: the “Dynamo-powered” (ie. crank-up) LED headlamp from Novelty Imports. It said it would never need batteries or bulbs, and could even charge cell phones with the right adapter.

I suppose I could have gone the solar-panelled route, too, but then there’s something a bit more satisfying in producing light with my own energy.

3 Responses to Getting cranky (Day 173)…

  1. pat farquharson says:

    cool light, even if you look a bit dorky!

  2. Greenpa says:

    I like the idea, alright. How many minute of light can you get from one cranky fit?

  3. sandy says:

    I had to giggle reading this. I live in the Willamette Valley and your bike tour probably took you right down 99W (or near it) on your way to Eugene. (I live very near that highway.) And it *does* get cool here at night! I love it — 70s to 80s in the summer days but 50s 60s at night. Perfect sleeping weather, unless, of course, you are sleeping in a tee-shirt and a blanket slung around you. Outside. In a tent.

    You must have froze! You should have picked up a few bottles of wine at the vineyards you probably passed! That would have helped 🙂

    But it was beautiful, wasn’t it? Not being from here originally (but here for 10 years and totally converted to the PNW) I still marvel at how beautiful it is. Albeit, as you said, a wee bit cold at night!

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