I have bought a pair of Altura Dryline 56 panniers and plan to get a Tortec Expedition Pannier rack for a mini tour in Brittany in June. I'm told a bar bag is sensible though someone thought the handling might be affected badly by one; I guess OK especially as some seem to use front panniers well enough. I think proper mudguards would be a good idea so will they fit on OK with to my Inbred with the pannier rack attached?
I'm thinking of getting a lightish tent and sleeping bag and attaching to the top of the pannier rack somehow - is that likely to work? Any tips? Any problems with just camping in a field somewhere? Or would staying in B+Bs be more sensible?
I plan to travel over on an overnight ferry; how is bike storage arranged?