I met super nice guy, Guy, the bicycle guy, who suggested a few options. He even offered to let me borrow his commuter bike. I was unenthused until he mentioned "maybe you want to ride the pretty bike", and brought out a beautiful steel (stainless steel - Columbus Platinum tubing!) road bike. I was floored.
Then Guy got out a bike map of the area and started tracing a highlighter-yellow route for me. He included descriptions of milestones and circled suggested rest stops with amazing views. The 45 mile route was simply stunning.