I like to ride, but I don't like to kill myself riding super long distances and be so tired that I can't chat with people on the ride and places... Call me soft, wussy... whatever... I think riding should be fun and be what ever u want to be ... and floats your boat. My "boat" happens to be the relaxed version...:) Bicycle touring doesn't need to be "ass" breaking... See how Russ and Laura of pathlesspedaled.com combines regional bus travel with bromptons to explore the sights from Portland to Tillamook. Oh... I can even taste the bubblegum icecream! Check out the wonderful intro and video by Russ and Laura...:)
Do visit their website @ http://pathlesspedaled.com/ and support them in what ever means possible! I think what they are doing is super cool!