OMG, Get a room you two!<quoted text>
Whew! I was worried you'd take what I was trying to say the wrong way and get defensive. Guess that's why I like you, you're level headed and actually listen to what people are saying.
I just read about so many people getting into really bad situations out hiking, backpacking, or biking because they are inexperienced and ill prepared. So was just trying to help you avoid being one of those people.
They had those bike trailers even back when I did my long distance trips, but anywhere in New England there are hills and/or mountains. So the goal was to take just what you need, and NO more. You can feel the difference going up the hills or mountains with every pound you add. That's why I never got one, too much extra weight. But in flat terrain, I suppose they could be used without much added peddling work.
And be sure to get a rear view mirror for your bike, and a helmet for you.