I certainly meant no offense to those who like floorboards, to each his own, but they're just no my cup of tea. I think if I did more long trips/ touring, I would appreciate them more.
I'm also at odds with the the heel shifter. I have to force myself to use it and/ or forget about it. Maybe I could have it removed at the very least to see if the floorboards are better without it.
Thanks for the replies.