My fiancee and i just got back from our first tour and it was a blast. Approximately 320 miles over 6 days, some of which were really tough (going through the desert, surreal sandstorms), 30 something ride hours.
I was carrying all the gear because she's a novice, and it ran up to about 60lbs, including tent and two sleeping bags. It was Passover here and we knew bread would be hard find, so we brought pasta and crackers etc., which really bumped up the weight.
Anyways, upon inspection at home, i discovered that i have two broken spokes in the rear wheel. I took Chipcom's (i think) advice and did a 60-40 front biased weight distribution, to avoid exactly that, and yet it happened anyway.
Is this part of the touring experience? Assuming the wheel is trued and tensioned properly, is this something that i should expect on every tour?
The wheels were bought especially for this purpose - Mavic A319/Deore with 36straight gauge spokes, 3X.
Advice from experience would be much appreciated.