This would be my first touring trip-- I'm looking for any advice/insight.
My spring break (I'm a grad student) is February 22 to March 3, more or less.
I live in NYC, and I figure that the NY area will not be ideal for touring during that time of year.
Florida is relatively cheap to get to (I'm thinking JetBlue), and since it is warmer I will not have to worry about carrying winter gear. Travelling light is ideal since my bike can only fit Ortlieb FrontRollers on the rear rack. In case any major mechanical failures arise, I'm still within the US (mobile phone signal) and hopefully not too far from a solution.
I'm thinking of picking a soft case to pack the bike in, and to store the soft case with Bags To Go (http://bagstogo.net/index.php
Right now I am leaning on sleeping out (bivy sack + light sleeping bag), but I still have to research how feasible that is. I go outdoors pretty often, most of the gear is ready. Military service, so I'm not unfamiliar with more austere conditions. Again, not sure if that is feasible at all on the route.
I still need to pick out some cycle gear (better saddle and shorts, some repair tools/replacement parts).
I'm thinking about 60 miles a day. Still have to check out the route in detail. Three days to Key West, maybe a day there, then two days from Marco Island back to Ft Lauderdale. Sleeping out would allow some flexibility in the mileage, staying in would probably involve fixed destinations.
Any advice or insight? I'm grateful for any help.