I've owned a Scott Addict for the past 14 months and have done about 20 centuries on it, mostly solo self supported. I rode a doozy yesterday with no water or cell phone coverage between me and my destination, and realized I had severe limitations for bottle and tool storage on the bike.
The thing is, I'd like to go farther, and I'd like a bike that can accommodate gear without being a slug. My natural inclination is to look at the Long Haul Trucker, as I've been wanting a wet weather commuter/grocery getter anyways. However, others on the forum and I agree that the bike has less than ideal handling, and is a bit heavy.
What would you pick to ride 200+ miles or take to the grocery store in the rain? What factors are most important to you when choosing a long distance setup?