Still waiting on parts. Day before yesterday I scrubbed the Merckx from stem to stern. Yesterday I lubed everything, reinstalled derailleur pulleys (don't forget the loc-tite, you can't tighten the bolts), drove the rear brake lever quick-release pin back into place (Campy says to use a brass punch, but I used a piece of wood). Somehow I pushed that pin halfway out a few months ago and have been riding with no QR ability ever since. You can still spread the pads with the adjustment screw- just a little slower.
My neighbor Silvano, who used to cycle in the mountains, came over and sympathized about my wait for parts. He thought the Trek with 96 Chorus was a nice spare bike. Then he took off for the bus stop, caught the bus to the station in Pordenone and caught a train for Venice. I have neighbors in their mid-70s, with heart conditions etc but they never want a ride. You can talk them into it, but they are used to walking to the fermata and using mass transit. They definitely set a good example.
Today is overcast and coolish, but humid. I rode to Vivaro (didn't turn too early this time) down the long straight stretch from Vajont through Dandolo. This is the longest, straightest rode around here, mostly deserted, with a big paratrooper landing area on one side. The Airborne folks from Vicenza jump out of C-130s here.
At Vivaro I turned east briefly, then north toward Tesis. A large family appeared to be taking their annual holiday bike ride on the road north of Tesis- nice seeing so many folks on bikes. This road from Tesis to Maniago is a slight upgrade, just as the road to Vivaro was slightly downhill. So it balances out. Along this road there is a lovely family of asini who share their field with some goats and geese. At Maniago I turned west and headed home.
Now I'm getting ready to go check the mail. Fingers crossed.
Update- the freehub cartridge bearing arrived. I tapped out the old one with a 6 inch spike, then installed the new one with a 19mm socket and a hammer (don't have a bearing press).
Now all I need is one cone and 2 retainers with ball bearings.