A very useful piece of kit that Garry carries is the Sea To Summit travel day pack.
An extremely lightweight daypack that compresses down into its own stuff sack and takes up about as much room as a pair of socks so that it can be tucked away in the bottom of a pannier and forgotten about until the next time.
Garry finds it particularly useful when he’s stopping somewhere for a few days and tends to walk more; it comes in very handy for getting those essential supplies or for carrying that all-important guidebook.
These days Garry tends to record his videos on the GoPro Hero3+ camera, housed in its own fully waterproof casing so he can just leave it on the bike and not have to worry when it starts to rain!
It is very small and compact measuring 70mm by 40mm in its case, unfortunately, it has a fixed lens which cannot be zoomed, but it is simple to operate and comes with a huge array of mounts that allow Garry to mount it on almost any part of the bike or himself!
There’s no preview screen so it’s always a surprise to find out what’s been recorded that day and Garry’s not fully convinced that it’s the right camera for him! But it does shoot some pretty good footage!
Garry’s camera is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8 which he had to buy rather quickly in Munich in 2010.
It was May 2010 and Garry had just started his tour of Italy. He had just cycled along the French coast from Calais to Amsterdam and it was whilst he was in Holland his old camera gave up the ghost and decided that it had had enough!
With no camera (phone cameras were nowhere near as good then as they are today) he had very little choice but to go and buy one. He was now in Munich after catching a train from Amsterdam and had some time to kill in between getting his next train to Venice so off he went in search of a camera shop.He soon found one near Munich’s Neues Rathaus, the Neo-Gothic town hall. The shop itself was a general appliance shop that sold everything electrical but it was good enough for Garry he just wanted a point and shoot camera!
Not having a clue or any idea about cameras Garry decided to go for same make as the broken camera a Panasonic and simply bought the first one he saw!
This turned out to be a rather good choice as apparently it had one of the widest lenses on the market at the time and had a good zoom function too.
It has now sat happily on the front of Garry’s bike for over 40,000 miles and never given him any problems! He had to have it serviced once as there were black spots coming out on the photos but apart from that, the only fault that Garry can find with it is that it doesn’t take very good pictures at night, but that maybe down to operator error!