Decided what I need for a change was a decent NEW bike (my old Iron Horse Urban needs to be put out to pasture). My biggest problem has always been the budget. Luckily, I've been putting in some overtime lately and the bike shop will work with me. Though my idea of a budget was around $300 I found this for a little over $440.
Specialized Globe Vienna
I think this will go with my daily commuting, car free, utility bike, with the weekly long distance pleasure ride lifestyle. Guy at the bike shop says I'm hard on bikes to ride that much all the time. Go figure. I guess they were right in the first Conan movie. Flesh is harder then steel (or aluminum). Still I hope the Iron Horse will hold out for a couple of months.