As a test to see how we'd get on with weight, my wife and I cycled through the Cotswolds and Malverns with panniers and all the camping gear etc. 157 miles in three days. First time with a load. First time camping since they fixed my leg! I had about 20 kg of kit and after the first hour of finding it a bit strange, I had no issues at all. No problems on any of the hills etc. This issue of weight that I had been most worried about was not an issue at all. Only problem is handling the bike to stand it against a wall etc. as too heavy to lift! Camping was fine (we took a lightweight 3 man tent). We paid a donation to a charity and the warden charged all the devices, so that was sorted. Food was pubs and corner shops. Only issues putting me off a three week coast to coast in France (our ultimate goal) is the pain in our backsides after so many hours in the saddle. Saddles themselves seem fine having used them for some months now, it’s simply the seven or so hours a day on consecutive days. My better half just can’t go any faster even though she was only carrying about 4 kg. Does this get better over longer tours or will I end up with an injury and need to make some changes? We were wearing padded under shorts. Anyway, mostly successful, but I would bring some disposable gloves next time as dealing with oily chains and using wet wipes to clean up was not fun. However, my wife has learnt not to pedal backwards when halfway between changing gears! Also, despite so-called waterproof panniers, we need dry bags for the sleeping bags etc. if torrential rain is forecast. Luckily we were returning home when we got soaked.