I'm a teacher and live in Iowa. I plan on doing two loaded tours this summer, one in the beginning and one at the end of summer. I've done quite a bit of riding, but this will be my first "loaded tour".
The questions that I have is that I need some advice on firming up my route and being confident in my decision. I know the destination I want to arrive at and feel like I have a good idea which route I want to take, but I want to get a few questions answered. First, I ride feel like I ride quite a bit on the roads around here and am pretty confident but what do I need to remember as I spend a week and a half on county and state highways? Am I crazy for thinking it is OK for me to just get on the highway and head to my destination? What are your experiences with this?
Also, I've got a pretty good idea of the supplies I'll be needing but can anyone think of some things that you've gotten a few days into a ride and said "why did I not think of that".
Thanks in advance.