Thank you everyone so much for guiding me in my quest to start touring. You guys really went out of your way to help me with everything from choosing components on my bike to my paniers, my camping gear, and you even provided basic camping instruction. There is no dout that you all saved me a fortune because thanks to you I am confident that I bought all the right stuff the first time. For that I am very thankful.
I set out on my first 4 day tour by myself, camping stealth style on 03/20/2006. Thanks to all of you I could not be more prepared for this trip!!! I will be sure to post a pic of my bike all loaded up in the middle of nowhere as soon as I get back!!!