Congrats! It sounds like you got the right bike for the job. One bonus I found: you can do the type of riding you were talking about perfectly, but you can also head off on a long trip as well. I took a 2000mi trip around Wyoming/Idaho/Montana this summer. The bike was perfect, and I never had as much fun on a bike trip as that one. 2000 miles of twisties, gravel, and forest roads...what more can you ask from 1 bike?