Doug - I recommend that you enter "Fuji Touring" in the "Search this Forum" box, and look through the threads that have discussed this bike; there have been many. The members of this forum get cranky when they have to repeat their statements ad infinitum. In general, the Fuji Touring is seen as similar in quality to the Jamis Aurora, but is not as highly regarded among the members of this forum as the Novarra Randonee (REI's touring bike) or the Surly LHT (which has a cult following on this board).
FWIW, I have a 2008 Fuji Touring, and I am very happy with it so far, but I have not yet toured with it. The 2009 seems to be the same bike, except for the color, though I haven't compared the component lists to be sure. I recommend that you get a lower gear range than the stock gears in the Touring. I had them install a Shimano Deore 48/36/26 chainring; it's a big improvement on the 52/42/30 chainring that is listed.
You should find a reputable bicycle shop near you staffed with people that you are comfortable dealing with, then find out what brands they offer. If you are planning an around-the-world tour through the Sahara, the Himalayas, and the Amazon basin, then you will probably need a custom bicycle. But if you are planning to tour in North America, Europe, and other parts of the world where bicycle shops are abundant, then an affordable bike like the Touring should be just fine.