Well, earlier, for Christmas, I was given a hall pass to travel out west again to ride PAC Tour sometime in March or April of this year. Before deciding what week to ride, my wife was diagnosed with torn right and left tendons on her elbows, requiring surgery to repair both. The process requires about 6 weeks total from surgery to full recovery, and the plan is to do them back to back. Surgery #1 was last Friday. As a result, my home responsibilities have jumped pretty dramatically, especially acting as Mr. Mom & Dad to our twin girls (almost 15). Wife still thinks I can go in April, but I'm a little doubtful.
The complication arises due to an offer by one of the LBS shops I patronize. One of the owners "volunteered" to put me in a new Merckx EMX 5 frame at a pretty good price. I can likely put N+1 together for close to the same all in cost as the trip. The Boss has given it the green light for me to go either way.