2011 Bianchi Volpe Touring
Given the fact that the '12 cross country ride was partially supported, I knew I'd need a touring bike. Without breaking the bank, I accomplished quite a lot. The Volpe is a classic. It also happened to be lighter than several other touring bikes out there. Shimano group set - my first experience. Got it online from a shop in California. Great price for a floor model with some scratches.