Actually the Sojourn grows on me the more I look at it. I see that it's made of Steel though. If I were to get caught in a downpour a few times is that gonna rust and ruin it? Also from the reviews it looks like it may be a heavier bike... still I like it lol.
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As long as you don't leave it out for long periods of time in a wet environment, a steel frame should serve you well. Take care of it, and it can last for a lifetime. A little bit of rain isn't going to make it rust. Besides, should a catastrophe occur, a steel frame can be repaired, while an aluminum frame will be toast. Most touring bikes being sold will have steel frames.
Don't worry about weight--you'll be loading down the bike anyway, so you'll want a bike that can take it.
Still, the most important thing is having a bike that fits you, and which you'll enjoy riding for long distances.