Some final thoughts on things I learned:
* don't forget the chain
* don't do a 110 mile day in 90 degree heat - I was wiped but was on a
schedule. Total time of 9 hrs and 45 minutes is a long time.
* it's fun to just enjoy the scenery, but pick a route that is scenic and not monotonously flat and desert like.
the 1989 Peugeot Limestone hybrid with 28c Specialized Armadillo was a
champ and took everything I threw at it. While not light, it was a nice
* the Avocet Touring saddle is really quite comfortable.
* no matter what, it takes about an hour to take camp apart, pack and get on the road.
while I didn't have front racks on the bike it handled rock solid on
descents with no shimmies, vibrations or anything of the sort. It
instilled some good confidence.
* hard soled mountain bike shoes make a great hammer for tent stakes* I definitely prefer double sided clipless SPD pedals
on an old bike works fine as long as the components are in good shape.
I wouldn't hesitate to do it again and, in fact, can't wait to plan
another tour. The dreams of a TransAmerica are still there but I will
have to subsist on short tours for the time being.