Now decided to save weight and probably face - I'm going to do this journey with a credit card. Not literally, credit card touring just means in cyclist terms I will be staying in motels, hotels and eating in diners. Hence I don't need to carry a tent, sleeping bag, roll Matt, stove, cooking equipment etc etc etc etc.
I don't need to worry quite so much about being eaten by bears. Still going to invest in some bear mace though as who knows when I'll need it.
This should make the journey a lot more manageable for a lazy novice like me but a bit more expensive.