New to the site here and haven't bicycle toured much, but have camped, hike, backpacked, motorcycled, and whatnot a bunch. One key advice I got many years ago was to start off with short trips to work the bugs out, figure out what you need, more importantly to figure out what you don't need, what works, what doesn't. When I was younger the backpack always seemed to weigh 50 pounds for the first hike of the season, and was well below 20 by the end of the season once I figured out I didn't really need so much stuff. But you probably have already thought of this already, and probably already have some shakedown rides and overnighters planned out between now and August.
Have you given any thought to the prevailing winds? I've driven cross country several times and motorcycled across as well, and it always seemed like the wind mostly blew west to east. Which means you'll be bucking a headwind a large part of the way. Just throwing that out there.
Have a good ride, hope to read your trip report when you get done. I'm starting to plan something for next year, getting a bike sorted out this year, playing with a GPS and geocaching to learn the system some.
Sometimes I type too much so I'll stop here, and being that this is my first post I probably should have stopped typing a while ago.
ps: (figures, first post and I edit it right away) here's a link to a good packing list, a decent list to start editing from:http://www.trentobike.org/General/Packing_List.html
This message was edited by mikej2 on 5-30-07 @ 1:24 PM