Well, this summer, I plan on hitting Washington to New York. Its 4,200 miles I believe, and I have never done a trip this long before. I've always loved riding my bike, ever since I was in first grade. Each summer I rode everyday, and finally, at 18, I mentioned the idea to my friends. They thought I was nuts, and that I wouldn't do it. However, I would really really like to try and attempt this, for my old goals I set back in first grade. I don't have a bike either, well I have an old 1992 Schwinn High Plains, which gets me to school and back, I don't think it'll live state to state. So any good bike recomendations would be good. I would like to use a mountain bike, and keep it under $1,500. Also, from what I read, people are taking light weight sleeping bags, tents, can openers, pads, and things like this. Is there a back pack big enough for all of this? I don't really like the panners, and I'd rather just lug everything on my back, if its not too bad... Any input and suggestion would be really nice. Thanks.