It's crazy I tell ya. I've been hankerin' for a pure touring bike for years. I've lots of "go fast" road bikes in my basement and I love 'em all. I have a MTB that successfully provided me with some loaded touring fun, but I've never even ridden an actual bike designed for touring.
After doing the requisite research, I have fallen for the new "09 Surly LHT.http://www.surlybikes.com/lht_comp.html
I have admired from afar the LHT's featured here on BF (Yen ), yet have been fighting the urge. But, alas, the new color has stolen my heart. It's called "Truckaccino".
I only hope I don't blow the money on something silly like food, shelter, and clothing while I'm thinking this through.