mikeymo wrote: I even deliberately loaded the bike with an extra 17kgs of stuff, as a test, and it was fine on a 20 mile ride.
Wow that is very heavy. I am preparing for a world tour and earlier in the summer I did a trial run for a week. My bike is a heavy frame bike, so there is nothing I can do about that, but for luggage everything came to just 3kg. I don't use a tent, and I take the bare minimum e.g. tarp, sleeping bag and a few clothes. Not too worried about smelly clothes on the road, as I would rather have less weight. As a compromise why not camp, but buy your food in restaurants / cafe? That's what I do, I just can't be bothered taking lots of food and cooking stuff. Another option is you can just eat cold food from the supermarket? I'm vegan, so if there is no restaurant / cafe open, I just go to the supermarket and buy nuts, seeds, bread, salad, fruit etc.
Personally I would hate to book somewhere every night, and be committed to that place. Plans change and it's good to be flexible.