I've toured with a ZRest. It insulates well but you feel every pebble under you
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In my opinion, indoor riding on a trainer is of value, but that value is very limited. Get that bike outside as much as possible. Outdoor riding is much, much better training for your trip.I second that. Spinning classes and the like just don't prepare you for e.g. long climbs, there's a psychological element to it plus gear selection, in/out of saddle technique etc. that you can only learn by actually doing long climbs.
Had I had a helmet on, my head injuries would not be as severe.
I did do a route in Missouri a few months back that was mostly hills.
Buy newspapers each day and send postcards.+1