I have a standard road bike - a Specialized Allez Elite III (2004 model) - with 700ccx23 tires. I keep reading that touring requires a stiff bike and other features (wider tires apparently than I have, for instance) and that carbon forks like my Specialized have problems carrying loads on front panniers. Makes me wonder if to go touring for any significant distance whether I have to buy a second (touring) bike.
Anybody have experience with using road bikes for long distance touring? I really don't want to have to buy a separate touring bike.