I'm not feeling disparaged. I'm happy being out there at 65 years old biking, hiking, and rock climbing most days of the week. In crap weather, I'm often in the gym lifting weights or indoor climbing.
There are huge commercial pressures to upgrade and buy the best, most expensive, newest, etc. In the past I have gotten caught up in that a little. I almost always regret it and have learned to make do with what I have, ergo the touring on whatever bike I have and making it work. I'm not saying that's the way for everyone, but buyer beware. For a while I had an expensive CF Trek that cost more than double the Specialized. It was fast, responsive, and, sad to say, fragile. Sometimes the value curve does not rise proportionally to the cost curve.