Those are both great bikes. I had a Tour Easy for a while, which is the steel framed version of the aluminum Gold Rush. These are fast machines and great tourers. Not every recumbent is for every rider, however, so do as much testing as possible. I had to sell my TE because of brutal "recumbent butt" that never seemed to go away. The bottom bracket on these bikes is fairly low relative to the seat, so there's more pressure on the sit bones. Many people have NO problem with this position. I never adapted to it, which is a bummer because the bike was one of the fastest I've owned even if it wasn't one of the lightest. I need a higher bottom bracket. Oh well. So test, test, test, especially before heading out on a big tour. Also, whatever recumbent you may get, you'll need some time to adjust to the new position in terms of muscle development and feeling comfortable controlling the bike. Like anything, there's an adjustment period, and look specifically at getting sufficiently low gearing. Most bikes simply don't come properly geared for touring.