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I have started occasionally running into folks camping and cooking with 20 pounds or less of gear on their bikes. Also there is a large enough following of the bikepacking movement to support specialty companies like Relevate.
I'd rather figure out roughly what gear I want and then pick the bike and baggage to accommodate the gear.+1
There are basically two kinds of touring bikes, one for lightweight touring, credit card touring, moteling and eating in restaurants; other for fully loaded touring, camping, cooking.Those categories are increasingly becoming blurred. There are a number of folks touring with full cooking and camping capabilities with loads that are equivalent to or even less than has in the past been the norm for credit card touring. It is entirely possible to be quite self sufficient with a very light load. Cooking and camping with base gear weights between 7 and 20 pounds is becoming somewhat common thanks to ultralight backpacking gear and techniques.
Highway 90 out of New Orleans will take you to Florida. From Baton Rouge, take 190 to 90. You can get to Covington, LA and ride Tammany Trace to Slidel. From there catch 90 a bit farther south.