I've been on this forum a couple of times but have never formally introduced myself. My name is Glenn! I have been riding for the 2 and a half years but not serious until recently. I started off with a 10 speed Raleigh Record, then moved on to a Single Speed Vilano, and now I ride a Surly Cross Check. Though not exactly a touring bike, I would like to put a rack on it and start touring.
Welcome to BF from a fellow Floridian. Make sure you check out the Touring forum. Lots of good info.
I have often dreamt of riding my bike from NC to Florida somewhere.