And to answer some of Jeff's original questions. I've been bike touring for 30 something years now. I use to carry a small pup tent with fly and a string hammock. I first used a hammock on my 1978 crossing of the US. Since I found the Hennessy I just hammock. You have to be prepared to go to ground a lot more. Sometimes your just not in tree covered areas. And yes you have to be prepared for noise. Normally I can see the cars passing from my camp site. So colors that blend into the woods are a must. Blue is the worst, nothing stands out in the woods more. I go down the road until I find a quite spot and then waite for a break in the traffic and then shoot into the woods. I don't make fires or use flashlights so that I don't get spotted. And normally I don't carry cooking gear because I'm passing stores all the time and I can grab food as I go.
If you must choose between two evils, opt for the one you've never tried before