Welcome to the Orange Wee Club!
I'll be watching your ride report with interest when the time comes, especially as I'll be doing some touring myself around that time. Some camping is a good idea because it brings you closer to what you're out there for. Camping gear is a lot better than it used to be... have you picked any out yet?
EDIT: Oops, sorry, didn't realize you'd already done the trip! Carry on.