Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: SW Washington, USA
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Sounds like you haven't picked up a bike yet? Yes, you can tour on anything as jamawani says. Just make sure you've figured out the load-carrying issues, and that the bike is well-overhauled before you leave.
I'm in the same area (Vancouver WA). We have a great resource here for used bikes and wheels etc.: Sellwood Cycles
. They have a lot of used bikes on their website and in the store, including touring bikes. Usually a couple touring bikes a month, but some things move in less than a week. Right now there's a Kona Sutra 52cm and even a BOB trailer.
I'm not associated with them, never even bought from them. It's just that there aren't many choices for used touring bikes other than eBay, and I'd be leery about buying sight unseen. Sellwood is usually one of the top-rated bike shops in the Portland area for knowledge, so it's worth checking out.
If you don't have a bike yet, it'd be a good idea to find a 'real' touring bike for a cross-country trip. They're ideal for commuting, too. If you already have a road bike, you can generally adapt it for little cost, although it won't be ideal.