Well first touring bike, and first bike over $100!
Going around the LBS I couldnt justify getting the trek 520 or either cannondale model. Just too expensive.
So I am going to get the Surly CrossCheck, I guess its not really a touring bike, but it will get the job done. I am pretty excited. I really liked what I read about the CrossCheck from members here and thats what I decided on.
What do you guys think? I guess my only worry is it holding up to fully loaded touring.