I'm a road rider living on Kodiak Island, Alaska for the next 18 months. We get upwards of 70" of rain each year - yeah, it's wet here.
I have a '66 Schwinn Paramount and a custom Bringheli road bike. Neither of which will see the rain. I also have a '98 Rocky Mountain ThinAir MTB that's a tank (I'm 6'4", 230#).
The local (read: ONLY) dealer here on Kodiak has a 2010 Specialized TriCross Sport for $1015 before taxes. It fits me, and seems like a good bike.
If you wanted a wet weather / rough (paved) road bike, would you get a CX bike, or go with a road bike?
I'm not looking for racing. Riding in a pack, club rides, training rides, that sort of thing are what I enjoy the most.
I already have a commuter (Kona Smoke). And I won't be doing any touring.