Yes, a trailer. I towed a trailer made by BOB Trailers. It is their 2001 YAK Plus model which has significant improvements over the earlier models. It comes with a dry sack that will keep all of my gear bone dry.
Many long distance bicycle riders have switched from panniers to trailers in the past few years.
The trailer weighs in at 11 pounds. Two sets of panniers, racks, and rain covers weighs about 5 pounds. The greater weight of the trailer is made up for in utility and convenience. Racks are difficult to attach to a short wheel base recumbent like the RANS Rocket I'll be riding which makes the YAK an easy choice.
The first picture is of the trailer upside down being used as a table. The stove sits on a small plastic peanut butter can lid that I zip tied onto the bottom of the trailer. You can also see where I've added reflective tape. The lower left photo shows how the trailer mounts to the bicycle.
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Lawrence J. Flint