I've been reading tour journals on CGOAB and there seem to be some people who experience multiple broken spokes on tour, and it seems that there are also people who get lots of flats. Then there are people who run fully loaded bikes and don't break a spoke or get a flat on a cross country ride.
Flats don't bother me, as I have no problem changing them. I'm not mechanically adept, but I can change a flat in just a few minutes. Pulling a cassette and replacing a spoke on the side of the road would not fill me with happiness.
So, what's the deal? I read one guy's journal(forget the URL but he was touring on a Rivendell with caliper brakes) and the guy broke a spoke 3-5 times on his Southern Tier route. Is that just the luck of the draw, bad equipment, or what?