Niagara Falls is also an interesting visit if you have never been there.
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But look, it's really not that much weight/space. My rod weighs 3.5 ounces and breaks down into four 1.5 foot sections. I could strap that to my top tube if I want, but will probably nest it in the pump pocket between the tent roll tube and main bag of my Arkel GT 54 pannier. That's such a great pocket. The reel is just a bit bigger than my fist and weighs 7.1 ounces. Tackle is negligible too--everything I need can fit in a small, flat plastic box. We're bringing cooking stuff anyway.
Start by going very light. He carries 4 panniers and all the stuff. You take only a large seat pack large enough to carry a jacket, food, and your wallet. Do not separate. By you not even having a rack and rear panniers, you will save about 6 pounds. He is your sag wagon. This arrangement will only work if you are willing to go light. Here is an idea for the seat pack I am talking about from Carosel Design Works http://www.flickr.com/photos/carouseldesignworks/3666941699/in/set-72157611514005907
We distributed the weight so that he carried the tent and most of the cooking gear and more of the food, but he was still faster. If there is a big size difference between the people it exaggerates the difference when you add weight. An extra 20 pounds on him was like an extra 10 pounds on me (yes he weighed 2ce as much as me, and it wasn't fat, he was a big fit guy). So don't be surprised if he carries almost everything, and he's still faster. It's kind of to be expected.
I have trouble with 40 miles of rolling hills in Hunterdon Co. NJ (max 600 - 800 feet climbs).
Anyone out ehre been in this place before?
SCREW THAT! Im going coast to coast!!! Train from NJ to the start of the TransAm, take that to Co and then its the western express into the pacific!