I loaded all the gear I currently have, filled all my water containers, and weighed the whole package. Including the bike, rack, bags, and gear I have about a 82lb load. Once you add my weight (165lbs) the entire machine is quite a beast that likes to go in a straight line!
That being said the trip was completely smooth with no red flags to worry about at this point, which is good considering the next time I ride will be the real thing! I had a nice lunch in Carlisle, MA and completed the ride, including the lunch break, in under 4 hours. I am happy with that considering some uphills had my max speed at 9mph!
However, the weather was rather brisk and of course the road conditions here in MA are perfect compared to northern Brazil. I would be more than happy to make this distance with a full days effort while on the TransAm.