Thanks for the welcome all!
Definitely tough to find places to ride in NoVa. My neighborhood has a 1-mile loop with a steep little hill that I will be using when I can't drive anywhere. Will be trying to hit some of the routes recommended on the web & hopefully join some Potomac Pedalers Touring Club rides in the near future.
I've got a GT GTR Series 2 w/ SRAM Apex on order from Performance Bike. Wanted to buy from LBS, but the deal was pretty darned good, used a 10% coupon to take $100 off the already low price of $1,000 down to $900 ($976 w/ tax & shipping to local store), plus double Team Performance points so I'll be able to get $180 more merchandise from Performance for free. As much as I want buy from a LBS, that's just too good a deal for me, even if I end up having to pay to get the bike fitted. Instead of spending about 2 grand I'm spending closer to $1,500 to get started. I was previously looking at Giant Defy 1, Jamis Ventura Race, Felt F75. Unless someone explains to me that ordering this bike is a Very Bad Idea(tm), I'll be picking it up in about a week.