Nice report, and thanks for sharing your lessons learned. I just completed a four day ride in Idaho. Each time I go I pack slightly differently, and I often make changes mid trip. With experience you figure out what to put where so you can get at it when you need it. I also had some bags over stuffed, so I couldn't find things I knew I had - somewhere. When I unpacked at home I found them all ;-) On my first major trip a few years ago I experienced a high pressure Tubliss tube failure. I was 'sure' I wouldn't have tire issues like those with tubes. I ended up buying a tube off one of my riding buddies and had to run high pressure because I didn't have a rim lock. That was an eye opener. I now carry spare high pressure tubes - as inusrance.