My friends and I are planning on taking a little tour this summer and I would like to get some advice from some of you. We are in Columbia, SC and are either going to be riding from here to Asheville, NC or Myrtle Beach, SC. We are leaning towards going to Myrtle Beach since this is our first long ride and these roads are way less challenging in terms of hills. We plan to camp along the way and try not to spend that much money. I would just like to hear from some of you what you think we should make sure to pack, be prepared for etc. I do not have gear yet so was also wondering what gear I should look at? I do already have a nice backpacking tent and sleeping bag. Also, if any of you may have ridden to these places a route suggestion would be awesome. Thanks in advance.