I finally got the rear rack put on my bike with the help of the staff of Summit City Bikes. The connectors that came with the rack were too short to connect to the frame so they hooked me up with some that fit. The also did some quick adjustments and I was back on the road in a jiffy. Although my bike is charcoal gray, here's what a similar model looks like: Specialized Expedition Sport.
The route is getting a bit repetitious but not yet tiresome. Would like an alternate, but there are so many busy roads in the area that are not safe for cyclists.
I've not had any issues with wrist soreness like I do with normal ten speeds or mountain bikes so the commute's been easy on me (except my knees :-)