I have been on eight extended bicycle tours (lifetime total) plus many shorter trips. My ninth tour begins next week. I am on my way to Hungary and the Balkans for a month.
Last year, I bicycled from Warsaw to Prague to Krakow to Budapest. There are other beautiful places in between which I also visited, and some not-so-beautiful ones as well (Auschwitz, Gross-Rosen, etc.).
On my journey last year, I carried the latest Macintosh Powerbook. At the end of the summer, I left my bicycle in the care of a hostel owner named Attila the Hungarian. Next week, I return to Budapest. Hopefully, my bike has been safe in Attila's care, and I can continue my journey.
This year, I am bringing the iPad on my travels instead. I have vowed that this year, I am not going to buy any paper maps. Instead, I am going to download all the maps that I need onto my iPad and navigate exclusively with my iPad:
Budapest, Baleton, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Trieste, Split, Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo, Belgrade, and finally back to Budapest.
I have cannibalized parts from several different bicycle panniers to create a new front handlebar bag that is deep enough to hold my iPad.