I took the Absolute into the bikeshop today to have bikeshop!guy look at the balky link in the chain again. He just went ahead and replaced the whole chain. Apparently this is a known problem on Fuji cycles. The new chain worked great when I tried it out this evening.
I rode the local roads myself a couple of times this week. I need to work more of that in next year. The roads are a better workout than the path, even the slightly hilly South County path. Steeper hills, rougher pavement so it's tougher to just coast along, and much bumpier. My back didn't like that last much. The key thing is that if I get home quick enough, I can still get in a decent length ride. Today I rode the path. Total mileage for the season is 5.5 miles short of an even grand. Next time out.