On journal after journal of tourists crossing the USA on crazyguyonabike, I am surprised at the number of tourists who mail back pounds of stuff mid-tour they decide they don't need. They never detail exactly what they are sending back, but just say "I sent home 7 pounds of gear I decided I didn't need."
I have not toured so am trying not to criticize before I walk a mile in their shoes (or is it ride a metric on their bike?), but I would think before embarking on the tour of a lifetime such as crossing the USA I would figure out exactly what I needed ahead of time and what I don't need. A few shakedown tours should sort this out. Am I just being naive? I don't want to be in a position to mail back pounds of stuff on my first tour!