I haven't even gotten started on the right side yet, but the left is side is kind of done. I can't believe the escalation in planning between a one-to-two day trip (which is all I've ever done) vs an eight day trip, which is what I'm about to embark upon.
The front pannier contains the "solid" meals that I need to cover via freeze-dried. I'll be eating at cafes and taco trucks whenever I can, but the eastern stretch and the Cascade Pass stretch just don't have much in the way of those kinds of services. It's about 6 lbs of bag and food all up, pre-water. The dork rear basket is holding some closed cell foam which doubles as basket cushioning and a sit pad, and also some spare tubes, but most importantly an MSR water bladder. There's a 24 hour stretch through eastern WA where the only water available is out of creeks in cow country and I'm hoping I can carry enough to avoid having to filter that scary shit.
The electrical storm we just had here tonight was amazing. There was something sparking about every 10 seconds. I've never seen anything around here with that kind of frequency. And then the rain and hail. Holy hell. If I could get an event like that on my trip, I would be so stoked. If I didn't get struck by lightning and die, that is.