I will be doing first trip/tour at end of this summer and am completely new to bike touring (avid road cyclist). Am in the process of getting bike, probably Windsor Tourist and would like to take about a two week trip out of Denver (have daughter who lives there, I live in south Florida) I"m considering at trying to go to Grand Tetons and back maybe TranAmerica Trail but don't know good route back and is it a "No No" to come back the same way you went. The other option is to stay in Co and find a good route.
Also do you think you can get by with just rear panniers? I plan on camping and cheap motels if have to. Not sure if I will be doing a lot of cooking as I tend to eat anything and everything hot of cold. Any advice especially of good route for a newbie, would be deeply appreciated