I'm thinking of starting the trip in mid-February but certainly no later than March 1, so that's now less than two years away. My mind is on it every moment... studying my routes already, working it out, looking at Google street views, looking at terrain and altitudes and how much climbing I have to do.
Another cyclist has suggested that I make my own MREs for the road. It's different what I need to carry because I am camping vs. someone who stays in hotels each night. That will not be in my budget at all. Steve Garufi traveled light. I don't want to travel heavy, but I do have all my camping gear to take plus some food. I will try to get some fresh fruit down me every day.
I also picked up some pot scrubbers, and I have one set aside for eventual use. I'll just get a small travel bottle and fill it with dish detergent.
I've been thinking that I might make some MREs and send them ahead to my sister in TX when the time comes. That way i don't have to carry too much. I'll make sure I have breakfast and dinner in the MREs and then fresher foods during the day for constant energy.
I plan on purchasing a Camelbak 100oz but don't plan on wearing it all the time. Definitely will wear it on the very long days and long stretches of desert. Otherwise not. I will also carry a gallon of water besides what is in my water bottles, and it will be a priority to make sure that they are topped off at every opportunity.