Thanks for the welcomes!
10 Wheels - Well after asking around a bit, I found that the Trek 7.2 WSD was just right for my needs and current budget. I will definitely be easing into the bike scene however being so close to a great paved bike path, I have no excuses not to get in seat time.
Sachelis, thanks for the reminder on the MS ride. I had a co-worker with MS who used to ride that every year on a tandem bike with her hubby. Definitely a worthy cause!
Since I just missed the May ride, the Sept ride is a great goal to start training for.