Just for kicks, thought I'd post some vintage pics of touring in '76. First is of my '71 Raleigh Professional (repainted following a criterium crash a couple years earlier) set up for a big trip. 23.5" frame with 40.25" wheelbase. To fit clinchers and fenders on a bike made for sew-ups was a challenge. Had to change out the front Campi brake for a Weinman 500 sidepull. Crank is a Nuovo Record triple from a Schwinn Paramount tandem. The rear der was a Suntour VGT, and front was stock Nuovo Record. Wheels were Nuovo Record with solid axles. Tires were Michelin 50 cottons, and I had to have replacement tires and tubes mailed ahead because 700c tires and presta tubes were so rare in the US at that time. Bags are Kirtland. Front rack was Blackburn and rear rack was custom-made steel tubing. (Yes, there is a squirrel tail hanging from the saddle, a tradition carried on to this day on my bikes as shown on my '81 Ritchy in the mtb forum http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=822940&sid=0f499b1e59f0f97474ad3ab21f707422
The Raleigh was absolutely the best of the touring bikes I've owned. Coming out of the Rockies, I could jump cattle guards with a full touring load. It climbed and descended beautifully. Loved that bike.
Second photo is halfway through my 4,300-mile ride across the US on the Bikecentennial route.