First round of upgrades are done on the Krampus. Got some studded tires so I can ride over the winter and get my legs in shape. Some Wah Wah pedals in purple, naturally. A few Oveja Negra bags arrived today and I'm impressed with the quality. Probably going to get their seat bag and backpack before long. Definitely a shock downsizing from a 44L backpack, but the benefits of wheeled transportation will be worth it.
Well my plans to leave didn't quite pan out, landed a fairly cushy job for the winter. It's allowed me to buy a used 2015 Surly Krampus to make into a touring/bikepacking rig. Current reworked plan is to ride across the northern US in the spring and summer, before heading south to UT/CO/NM/AZ for the fall and winter.