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I completely disagree that 4 panniers look better. I think having only rear bags looks more streamlined, and front panniers produce more drag against a headwind or sidewind. My view is less is better, each bag just adds weight so if your stuff fits in two and it feels right, go with that. i also tour with mis-matched tires, 32 in the rear and 28 in the front.
Sounds like a fun trip. People must think we are crazy to talk about riding such distances. I know I used to.
You are asking one of those "religious" questions where logic and reason will soon be swamped by dogma and faith.....
Welcome to bicycle travel and Adventure Cycling!
I'm not sure where in NJ you are but you might want to take a peek at these two Bikeovernights in NJ for inspiration:
The only mapped routing we have in New Jersey is the Atlantic Coast Route, Section 2: http://www.adventurecycling.org/store/index.cfm/product/7_10/atlantic-coast-section-2.cfm
Hope this helps get you going.
Here is one expert's take on tire pressure: http://www.bikequarterly.com/images/BQTireDrop.pdfhmmmm, I just re-read that article and realized that front tire pressure and rear tire pressure can/should be different. My linear way of thinking made me miss that. I've always been careful to have equal pressure in both tires. Must experiment.