So I've got a LOT more figured out.
-I bought a tent (the REI Passage 2). I wanted a small tent (this one's about 4.5 lbs) with the ability to store my gear on the inside of the fabric at night. I'm also a tall guy (clocking in at 6'3") and want some wriggle room.
-Stove: after MUCH consideration, I got the WhisperLite International. I just figured the ability to fill up anywhere would be a major improvement over the other options. I'm carrying a small pan/pot that I'll be cooking everything in.
-I've got two panniers (axiom lasalles) coming in the mail, which I'll be attaching to my rear rack, placing my current panniers on the front rack also coming in the mail (axiom journey suspension & disc lowrider--a major improvement over the former axiom journey!)
-I've decided that I won't be carrying a backpack, but instead bought a handlebar bag with a shoulder strap (Topeak). It's pretty badass, baby
Although my wallet is getting dangerously worn out, I'm getting ever more excited about the trip!
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