- Bike handled well with it's new racks and panniers
- New ergonomic grips felt comfortable.
- New cycling shoes and pedals worked well.
- My trusty old Brookes leather saddle was as comfortable as ever.
- I felt good.
- Not sure about the rolling resistance of the Schwalbe Expedition Tyres. Might have to switch to standard Marathons and increase the puncture risk.
- It's a lot harder with a fully loaded bike!
- None of ny scheduled coffee stops en route were in residence.