"... like sliding into a bathtub full of warm mac and cheese."—BSNYC
The A. Homer Hilsen was born in 2003, and filled the humongous gap between race-only road bikes and mountain bikes. It redirected our approach to bikes and riding, and created our "country bike" category (now replaced by mainstream bike makers who bafflingly didn't see the need for roadish bkes with more tire clearance until their competitors started selling"gravel bikes").
Homers are at home on paved or unpaved roads, credit-card tours centuries, and brevets - so the only thing keeping it from being good for everything is the size of tire it can fit. Homer's go up to 44mm, which for a roadish bike, is seriously phenomenal, so no need to get greedy and wish for more.
Take dvantage of the clearance built into it, and start with a 38 to 42mm tire. Go bigger or smaller next time, if you feel like you must. Also, put a small rack up front or in back, and at least one bag on it. A Bananasack, a Slimsucker, a BagBoy, or if you shop for food a lot, a Happisack, the bag name inspired by a song title that sounds a lot like Happisack.
If you want speed on the road with versatility to tour or ride dirt now and then, A. Homer Hilsen is perfect for you,