I've been told the benefits of drop bars, and because of that, I plan on giving them a shot, but to automatically put people into a category of being goobers who don't know any better is wrong. If I try the drop bars and still decide that I like the flat bars better, that's what I will use when I tour. It doesn't make me any less of a cyclist.
I don't think Russell or I had any intent of putting you in the "goober" catagory or making you out to be less of a rider. We just said many riders have no experience with drop bars so they dismiss them as a racing affectation.
You definitely have no experience with them, as you freely admit, but already say you don't like several features. I suggest you give them a real test before judging. I expect your "don't-likes" will turn into "really-likes" after a fair test period.
I've ridden drop bars and flat bars and, IN MY EXPERIENCE, drop bars are far more comfortable for long distances.
BTW, one warning, don't set your drop bars up with a big drop from the seat to the bars. You are a tourist, not a racer, and if you try to emulate the very low racer position you are almost sure to conclude you don't like them. Put them at a comfortable level and give them a fair try.
Of course, after that it's certainly your choice what you prefer.