We are riding with panniers on our bikes to get use to the weight. Panniers are the bags you put on your bike that store all your stuff. They attach to racks you also attach to your bike. We have loaded our panniers with weights to simulate the weight we will carry. We will each be carrying approximately 25 lbs of clothes, tools, spare parts, etc. Since it will be colder up north, we will be taking appropriate clothing for colder weather which adds weight. As it gets warmer as we ride south, we will mail what we don’t need back home.