Rather than buy a Long Haul Trucker with racks and bags for touring, as I've been planning, I'm considering using my Specialized Rockhopper instead. The plan: another set of wheels with more road-worthy tires, fenders, and one of those single-wheel trailers. May also change rings from 42/32/22 (more or less) to 48/??/??.
I may save money over the LHT, the Rockhopper would be more at home on trails and towpaths, and the trailer would be useful for commuting (can't see hauling a 50lb bag of critter feed home on an LHT). BTW, I live down 5 miles of farm road, and it's 8 miles to town.
Potential problems not resolved: I'd prefer drop bars (what would fit?) and what shifters/brake levers would work with drop bars? I'd also prefer friction shifters over indexed, if that's possible.
Anything else I should be considering?