So, I am cycling solo, self contained from Washington to Maine in July, 2011. What are your suggestions for a quality, ultra-lightweight, inexpensive, small stuff stack size, durable synthetic or down bag for a 62 yo geezer, 5'5" 170 lbs? Is a 40 degree bag in the mtns and the desert areas doable or what. If down gets wet - I'm screwed. Yet, synthetic is bulky & heavier. I have to keep the costs, weight and pack size down.? What have you long distance touring dudes used?
Also, what kind of sleeping pad would be appropriate for a 4000 mile journey like this - with the above criteria?