After a lot of thought, suggestions from others, and several preparation rides I finally settled on the equipment that I will start with. I really appreciate all of the suggestions provided by everyone, but in the end, each person needs to decide what is best for them.
A detailed .pdf of my gear is included at the bottom of this post. Please use the information as a starting point but not an end all.
The total weight = 31.1 pounds (no fuel, water, food)
- spare parts = 2.1 pounds
- cooking and eating = 1.3 pounds
- shelter and sleeping = 7.1 pounds
- clothing* = 10.3 pounds
- toilitries = 1.3 pounds
- medicine and first aid = 1.8
- miscellaneous items = 1.6 pounds
- electrical and electronics* = 4.1 pounds
- bicycle security = 0.5 pounds
- items carried on me = 0.7 pounds
*Note 1: The clothing weight may seem somewhat high, but I elected to include everything, which includes the shoes, helmet, and the clothing I will be wearing during the day. I have to pedal that weight up the hill so I decided to include it.
*Note 2: The electrical and electronics may seem excessive. Early on I decided to carry a Samsung Chromebook (and charger) to ease the burden of working on several blogs and articles during the trip.
Here is a .pdf of my gear: Touring Weight