Hey Chris, it's Travis. Wish I had made it further as well. Train all year as hard as I did, never having any knee issues, and then BAM, second day both my knees pretty much crap out on me. I love the hammock, but I'm with you, I will be going with something smaller and lighter next year. As well as a geared bike! I'm thinking a bivy/bag combo. I LOVE the hammock for my overnighter trips and extended bicycle touring (panniers) but for the CTR I'm going to get a frame bag to take more off of my back and put more on the bike.
Do you have any trips planned? I'm going up to Arkansas in October for 4 days of bikepacking. Should be a good time.