Ah, so you're with the CIA, dstarman? That's the "Campsite Intelligence Agency," of course . . .
I haven't had the Versys on a long trip yet, but it will definitely take me on some journeys later this year. I'm probably going to go to Florida to visit my brother in late September or early October . . . and sometime in August I'm going to just go on a "rideabout" for 7-10 days with no particular destination in mind.
I'm not sure whether I'll be using the Versys to carry a tent, bedroll, etc. I'm sure it would handle the load well. It's me who is the "weak link." I've got an arthritis-like condition that I can tolerate while taking long rides, as long as there is a good bed at the end of it! When I camp and sleep with the groud as my bedsprings, it's at the end of a day's gentle float in my solo canoe, since I have plenty of time to stretch before turning in and after I get up. I have joked about figuring out how to attach a hitch to the Versys so I could tow my canoe (it's shell is ultralight Kevlar - only 31 pounds for almost 16' of boat!). That would be my ideal "getaway" package!
If you end up routing your trip next year through southern Illinois, be sure to let me know. I can get you some "Top Secret" information about camping in the Shawnee National Forest and keeping yourself from getting overrun by either hordes of equestrian trail riders or pods of meth-cooking a**holes who use the forest as a base from which to raid local farms and cook and distribute their crap. It's getting harder and harder to get away from it all . . .
My son and his best friend did a 10,000 mile circuit from Illinois to Colorado to Alaska and back two years ago - riding Harleys! They plan to do it again in a few years, but this time they are going to ride KLR650s. Ah, to be young, flexible, strong and foolish!
Happy riding and intel-gathering,