In any case have a great trip.
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One other consideration, since you mention you are new to touring. The coast route is a dream for a first tour. Seems like every SP has an HB site, they aren't that far apart, and services are relatively easy to obtain. I'm not sure that there are campgrounds/state parks in the volume and spacing you see on the coast in the inland areas. When you look at other routes, you can see how sweet the coast route is. Highly recommended for a first tour. And you won't be short of company.I agree with all that, but on the other hand... The inland route probably has more rural small town stops where finding a place to camp in a town park, church yard, or someone's yard is usually easy.
Oh, and I'd also like to recommend another discovery which has made cycling much more interesting for me: the book Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape by Brian Hayes.The problem I have with this book and field guides in general is that I am not willing to have the extra weight along. With the advent of the Kindle and other ebook readers maybe I will carry field guides at some point in the future. It would be nice to have this book, a whole array for field guides, and some novels to read. I wonder how well the illustrations would come across on a kindle though.
It lets you recognize and understand all the working man-made objects you pass by, basically.
Pete, I thought you already had the air caddy.Yes I do. I thought you were saying there were some hard cases in the $100 range that bike shop might stock. If there were I might use them to get our bikes home at the end of our summer tour.
There are some fairly good containers that can be had for $100, perhaps less than the shipping cost.Can you recommend some specific ones?
Although extra weight, I like the Big Agnes, Big House 4 Tent and Vestibule. You can put your bikes in their. (sensor alarm on zipper) It protects against the rain, prying eyes, and if we have a disagreement, I can sleep in the vestibule not outside. (LOL) When we travel we like the room, especially on really rainy days. www.bigagnes.comWow, you must really like a lot of space to be willing to carry 15+ pounds of tent and vestibule (16+ if you bought the footprint too). Is that for two of you?