Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Augusta, GA
Bikes: Bottecchia CF frame and fork, Ultegra 6603 crank and FD, DuraAce RD, Easton Vista wheels, Brooks B-17 saddle, Shimano 105 brakes, Michelin Pro2 Race tires
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Add a few things like fenders and rack to your current bike, and you can do some limited touring. Then keep your eyes open for a used touring bike (LHT, Trek 520, etc), and you'll likely be able to transfer all this over to the touring bike when you find one.
BTW, congrats on the weight loss!