I came across this guys video of touring in america, what I was amazed at was how similar our bike setups were, especially the rackpack on the back of the bike. I was worried mine was too big and long - check his out about 9 min 34 in:
He seems like he had great fun almost spiritual,
That picture really expresses the freedom of cycling, if you watch the video you can see the bike is a basic Raleigh no fancy groupset etc.. The important ingredient is your spirit of adventure and determination.