I'm completely new to touring and only been into bikes heavily for about a year (excluding my times on a Huffy as a youngster), so of course the next reasonable thing was plan a 5k tour from Pennsylvania to Florida to Seattle, WA with my less experienced than me girlfriend. I'm finding most of my complications while preparing (depart is May 15th 2015) is with gear, mostly what's the best out there for a reasonable price? Seeing how I've never before done anything like this I foreseeing a lot out trial and error in our future.
So can anyone answer a few or -if there is a God and she loves me- all of the questions below with awesome detail/exactly the info I was looking for?
First, water. Nature's base of life, most abundant resource probably in the world, has often been the decider in the story of Mankind of where kingdoms will rise and others will fall.
And now I'm reduced to try to figure out how in the world I am suppose to carry enough of it, how I'm suppose to carry it and in what? So can anyone tell me what they'd do in my place, what's a good hydration system for two people? Let it be known we'll be using this water for drinking as well as cooking as we intend to camp as needed or whenever possible.
Next, broken spoke on the road solutions. Is it worth bringing a cassette remover and spare spokes? I've heard of temporary fixes that will at least enable us to get to a place to fix it but I'm not very trusting of these as testing them is ridiculous and therefore the only test is live trial. Any advice here?
I have more questions but I'll wait to see where it goes from here, and thank you very much in advance for reading my post and giving the questions a shot.