I was wondering if I am the only one who does this. If I am in my truck and I see someone with panniers, obviously on a bicycle tour, I will flag them down, introduce myself and ask them about their trip. Just this week I met a nice couple here in Tallahassee who had started out in Kansas. The man's name was Bob Hoop (sp?) but I did not get the lady's name.
They convinced me that a Trek 520 was more than enough touring bike since that was what they both were riding. Bob's appeared to have the stock crankset.