Ended up taking an easy spind around after work. Legs felt a little tight so decided to save up my energy for Sunday's ride at Macauley.
Today put $400 down on the GT 29er. And by next Thursday it will be all paid off. Then the fun of modifying it will beigin. I'm so far thinking of some light bar ends and pulling the 44T and mounting a 36T. I think that should work for now. Then later pull the STI and replace with thumbshifters.
It's been years since I had a more distance ride MTb and set up. So this should be fun and help me break out of my training rut.