Finally, after about two weeks, I’m back at home, drinking tea properly for the first time.
A few things I noticed on the trip
1) Tap water in places like Utah and Arizona are very high in mineral content. When I boil them, oftentimes there are precipitation. I have no idea what’s in the water, but since a lot of them come from aquifers, I guess this is no surprise.
2) Driving many hours in the car with the bag of aged oolong in my backpack under the scorching summer sun means that the tea suffered some heat damage — I can tell that by the end of the two weeks, the tea has at least changed somewhat. Detailed testing to follow to see if this is just placebo or if the change was real.
3) As long as you have tea that can easily be made in a paper cup and a proper way to heat water, you can enjoy some pretty decent tea without anything else. The most problematic issue all along is to secure hot water — it’s really hard to find it on the road, especially hot water that isn’t contaminated by coffee taste.
4) The Grand Canyon is very big