Greetings from Washington state
I've been riding a mountain bike off and on for about 10 years now, and about two months ago I finally decided to go ahead and get a road bike too. I also had a road bike back in high school but that feels like it was a lifetime ago. These forums were one of the most useful sources I found online when I was doing my research on different bikes. So a big "thanks" to all the contributors out there.
After many many hours of research and multiple test rides at the LBS, I settled in the 2010 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5. It's still on order so I don't even have it yet but I'm so eager to get it and put some miles on it. It's practically all I think about right now!
My aspiration for next summer is to do the STP (Seattle to Portland) and hopefully a few other organized rides as well.
I'm sure I'll be visiting this site frequently as I break in the new wheels and get into the swing of things.