Every summer, starting in 1966, we took a week-long tour through the Sierra Nevada mountains, a ride we named The Mountain Loop. We would head west over one mountain pass, most commonly Tioga Pass, north along the back side of the mountain range, and east over a different pass and then home. We camped by the side of the road, or occasionally in a campground if it was convenient and free. I have no memory of what we ate, but I do recall we didn't have any cooking gear. In retrospect, the small amount of gear we packed was astonishing! I now carry more for an hour-long ride than I did back then for a week in the mountains.