I headed out Monday for my first tour and on a C&V bike - 4 days, approximately 315 miles. I'll spend the next couple of days updating my Crazyguyonabike journal.
Learned a bunch - like:
* don't forget the chain lube/tri flow. The Deore LX developed a really bad squeak yesterday with a good 170 miles to go. I thought maybe the chain was dry. Got some oil on it when I stopped in a town and it didn't help. Got to my friends last night and we cleaned and re-lubed the chain and I backed the screw on the pulley wheels off ever so slightly. Worked for about 5 minutes today and then started again. It was worst (i.e. really, really loud) on down shifts to a higher gear and I could usually adjust with the shifter to quiet it down. I'll take the pulleys apart and check the bearings and also all springs.
* 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 ride.
* 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.
My favorite place to take a photo of a bike:
Refreshing huckleberry ice cream for "lunch"