I went into the bike store this morning and paid for my bike. Later, R stopped in and picked it up for me. He took it for a spin (his delivery fee!) and reported that the gearing system is great.
Meanwhile, I spent the afternoon working, feeling ill, hoping I would feel better this evening so I could take Honey out (that's my bike's name, btw.) - but I don't. It wouldn't do to get too far from home in my state.
So - tomorrow is another day, right?