YOWZA!! I just got a call from the LBS, and The Bike has arrived, two full weeks ahead of schedule. The guy from the shop told me it's just about the sweetest bike he's ever seen in his life. I am beyond excited!
So that's the good news. The bad news is that The Bike is in upstate New York and I'm in Wisconsin. (Only about fifty miles from Waterloo, believe it or not... how's that for irony?!?) I'm here on business until tomorrow morning. I get home Saturday night, and the LBS is closed Sunday. I was half tempted to ask them to put it in the window just so I could go by on Sunday and press my nose against the glass.
And the really bad news is that late Monday morning I have to leave town again for another week... Arizona, California, Florida (good cycling places all). No way I can take The Bike with me, of course. So even though I'm going to pick it up Monday morning (they're going to open the shop early for me), the best case is that my first test ride on it is still eleven days from now.
I promise to post pictures and provide a full ride report just as soon as I can... probably the week of the 20th. Until then, I'm just gonna do my best to savor the anticipation. I haven't been this excited about a new toy in about forty years!