I’ve decided to insert a post to update my previous posts about touring bicycles. From the previous posts in might appear that the choices for bikes with which one can travel is limited to pretty traditional designs. This is far from the case as evidenced by this journal at crazyguyonabike. A mountain bike with an Xtracycle attachment obviously is a viable way to carry gear for self supported touring.
Alan at Ecovelo also posted this article about the Brompton folding bikes. These bikes fold into a very small package making them easy to transport to and from, or between legs of, the tour.
So, even though I have my opinions and preferences, it is not to say that there are no other good options for touring bikes.
Now back to our regularly scheduled program!