OK, I'm biased because I've got a Fuji Touring bike. Nevertheless, it's a good bike that's at least good enough for a few years of touring -- some people get new bike lust and want something different -- and it may be all you'll ever need.
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I'm not sure how RussSeaton defines "real mountains,"
I don't consider a climb a mountain unless its 6-7-8 miles of climbing up. Constant or varied grade. Switchbacks too. 1-2-3 miles and its still a hill. Maybe a loooong hill, but not a mountain. The 4-5 mile length I guess you could put in either category depending on how vigorous you were that day. I also think of mountains as having a pass at the top. Usually a named pass. Hills usually don't have pass names and elevation signs at the summit.
If clearance allows, nylock nuts beat loctite by a long shot.
Zip ties are my "goto" field fix for lost fender bolts (and a lot more).