People like to think cycle-touring is complicated or intimidating. I had a guest from Warmshowers.org yesterday who made it simple. "Eddie" is a 24 year old Korean student who was in Kentucky last semester on exchange. He decided to use the remaining time on his student visa to
ride a bike across the US.
Having never ridden a bike since he was a child, he didn't know quite how to get started so he flew to Los Angeles, bought a bike, the gear he needed and started riding. He said he figured he had 3000 miles to work out the details. He is carrying twice what I would, but it's that simple. Just buy a bike and start finding your way. He is on his way to Boston to catch his flight back to Korea.