I have been on a few loaded tours in england in the last year, all of which were completely off road.
Firstly, me and 2 other friends decided to try and complete the 'South Downs Way' in only 2days
we had ABSOLUTELY no idea what we where doing. 1 of us had a full 80 litre backpack on, another had a flimsy rack piled with camping stove, tent and sleeping bag, (all on the back) and i had another pretty large backpack. my bike had no suspension and the rear derailleur was literally falling apart for the last leg of the journey. we were cramping, we had bone bruising from the backpacks, we were lacking water at some stages. at times it was pure torture but nonetheless we all enjoyed it immensely.
I am interested to see if there are any other mountain bike tourers out there, it would be great to connect with you! i could definitely do with a few tips as i am planning on doing a whole lot more this summer! any advice on a bike, loading and carrying techniques (obviously i learnt that i should use racks from the first experience) and anything which you think might be helpful for an unexperienced long distance trail rider!
looking forward to your comments.