I'm new to touring and my husband and I are planning a cross country trip in the next couple of years. Right now, we are looking at touring bikes and I was wondering if anyone knew much about the Bianchi Volpe which is a cyclocross/touring bike and the Rocky Mountain Sherpa. We're willing to pay around $1500 per bike. The guy at the bike shop said that the rocky mountain is one step up from the Volpe, but it looks like the rocky mountain is specialized in mountain bikes so I'm not sure whether we should go with the rocky mountain or not. Any suggestions?