Looks like the Surly Long Haul Trucker will be the bike for our trip! It’s seems to be the bike of choice for long loaded tours, and was recommended by almost everyone we talked to. We’ve been working with Clay at BayAreaBikes, who has been really helpful in choosing the right bike and gear for the trip. Right now we’re working on ordering the right size frames, and then we will fine tune the sizing when we get out to Oakland.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”