Heck Epic Gravel Adventure:
"TWO DAY, 200 MILE STAGED BIKEPACKING EVENT"
Everyone is supposed to carry all the gear they need for the 2 day ride. That is, camping gear and clothes. We all carry some food and water but use local shops to provision as needed. Notice how everyone has the same gear but just a little different configuration. Most of these riders have 100's or 1000's of miles of gravel under their belts so we all know how to pack gear the way 'we' want it.
My gear config. Nothing on the bars like a lot of people. I didn't want the weight over the front for handling and slow steering. I have a sleeping bag, tent, pillow, camp pad, and some extra clothes in the saddle bag. The frame has a tiny stove, pot and some 'emergency dinner', snacks, inner tube, pump, bike tool, head lamp, and other small personal items like a toothbrush.... I may use something close to this set up when I attempt the Alexander 380 in May.
The night was good for me but many people cheated on the gear they needed and took a soaking in the thunderstorms that passed over us. Many retreated to the lodge. I don't know if they sucked at camping or got stupid in packing as rain was forecast at 100% so nobody should have needed shelter outside of what they could carry.
I flat but my buddies are cool and hang out while I replace the tube and we are back on our way.
We are always finding things in the woods like old hunting shacks or this hobo crib.
Even harder. We push something like 3 miles of ankle deep mud (some riding) but we are nearing the end so every mile is gold.
Last thing, we are feet away from the parking lot we started in 36 hours ago but I got dropped off and have 12 more miles to ride into town. I get several offers for a lift but what's 12 more? They are a bit surprised I'm still content to ride but I like long and a few miles of downhill road is a treat compared to the slog we just finished.