Sorry to be so negative but I don't think you have any idea what you are getting into and you better find out before committing to the trip.
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ANY bike is a good touring bike. Just go out, do it, learn what works and what doesn't.I disagree. There are bike totally unsuited to anything but the very lightest touring, if that. A pur sang race bike with its high gearing, total lack of rack eyelets and very narrow tires is a terrible choice. There are a wide variety of bikes that can be used or adapted to touring but not all.
I am ordering dry weather for this fall and also have the option of laying over for a day or two if the trail conditions are as poor as you have experienced. How much experience have you had on the trail? Do you ride the C & O often and is you comment from personal experience?I have personally never ridden the C&O trail but I have at least a half dozen friends and acquaintances who have and have seen several article about it in Adventure Cycling and other bike magazines. They universally agree with my capsule summary above. Rough when dry and dreadful when wet.
1. Depends how much you are going to carry. Cyclocross bikes have forks which do not accept front racks, particularly lowrider racks.The current Surly Cross Check has rack eyelets on it's fork blades. However, the Cross Check is more of a general purpose bike than a truly competitive cyclocross frame.
....and the saddle is like a pillow wrapped in naugahyde.Don't be surprised if this turns out to be less than a great feature. There is a reason most good bike saddles are narrower and less padded.