Everything for my big tour is coming together, I have my trusty new bike )riv Atlantis, and most of my gear (check out our sight www.ride4ror.com for more info) But I'm having some trouble deciding footwear. I'm torn between SPD sandals and light hikers, or a lake hiking/spd shoe and chacos (or cheap-o sandals).
One of my concerns with sandals is that they will not be as preferable for climbing. I'll be going over the Divide god knows how many times, and riding up over the cascades on the northern tier, and the mountains of the southwest so I don't want to loose to much performance. On the flip side, I'll be spending as much time as I can off the bike hiking peaks in Glacier, N Cascades, Joshua tree etc, and want a really good hiking shoe. So, once again, I turn to the masses here for an opinion.