After a nice refreshing swim in the lake we made our camp dinners and enjoyed a very clear night under the stars. It always feels good eating dinner out in nature, even if it is just some dehydrated food. After a “grueling” ride out it still felt great to get into our hammocks and get some sleep in the cool of the night.
The morning came quickly and we were happy to see our bikes weren’t ridden away by any raccoons. Coffee was had and breakfast was made and we packed up our bikes to get ready to do the 20 mile ride back to town. Unfortunately my bike did not magically get charged overnight and we were at three out of 5 bars on the battery read out. That didn’t help my range anxiety, but Dusten was not phased. Both of our computers read over 25 miles on range estimation in Eco so if we took it mellow it would be good.
Our ride back was more downhill than uphill as well. It also also helped that we knew the terrain going back. On the downhills we could turn our bikes off and still be cruising at a nice pace. The bikes did really well on the flatter gravel roads and rolled nicely with the weight. The added weight from the bags was mostly felt on the uphill portions or when the road got really loose.
When we arrived where the gravel meets the road we had plenty of battery left for the concrete road back into town. This brought me plenty of relief and excitement. Riding on the concrete compared to the gravel road really was like riding on a cloud. The bumps of the gravel do take a toll after a while and the concrete was fast and smooth. With the added weight of the bikes these downhills on the concrete enabled us to cruise with the bikes off over 20 mph, and when a rolling hill came we could put the bikes in Sport mode and stay over 20mph with ease.
In the end we road 40 miles fully loaded with gear for a bikepacking trip. We still had one bar left on the battery read out so we could have easily gone a bit further if we were more conservative in the end. As we waited for our nice warm, fresh made food not from a bag, we debriefed on an awesome trip and are scheming new areas to go explore with these electric gravel bikes. First electric grave bikepacking trip was a success, and now we know it is totally possible and totally fun.