Before one comments about how bad the Tricross could be, one should take a look at the geometry. The Tricross is not a true 'cross bike; it's more of an all-arounder. In a 56cm, it has similar numbers to the Surly LHT, with the exception of the chainstay length and BB drop, 20mm shorter and 10mm higher, respectively, and that's not a deal breaker. The shorter CS length will make the bike more nimble, for everything else when not loaded. And, for the average person, the BB drop will not be noticeable. It actually has a lower standover height, longer headtube length, and more fork rake than the LHT. There are more than a few people who've successfully used the Tricross for touring. Using all the "what if?" scenarios for selecting a bike and packing will result in a whole lot of unnecessary excess.