Glad you are doing well on your adventure and that nobody bothered you in the night. It's good to have fun AND be safe at the same time....
Amen... I try to get off the road a bit, is less interruption of sleep
I have a Big Agnes sleeping bag... The inflatable pad slips in a pocket on the back...has in inflatable pillow too!
It's an investment, but if you are always using it (and your back is tired of HARD ground) it's money well spent. My Eureka tent has enough room for me AND my gear, and holds out the weather well (not too
derpy!)...that said, gear does not all come overnight, and you have to find what works for you (I am taller than you, so take bigger gear
)... there are wonderful gear threads here on ADV that cover this at length.
Keep up the good work!
Plastic side up, seeing the world, writing a good tale! (I'm liking it!