I am working hard on setting up a bike for the loaded tour in August. We'll be camping, so I need rack and pannier capacity, ideally on both the front and rear of the bike.
Bike options I am considering:
1) the bianchi- my old road bike.
2) the cross bike.
3) the BF's bike friday.
4) buy a spiffy new touring bike.
I've decided to go with the Bianchi as the least-expensive and most practical solution. Next steps: get it tuned up and equipped for touring.