Ok guys. I type this final reply with relief, a smile and yet a little embarrassment all at the same time. I got the call from my dealer on Friday afternoon that it was ready to pick up. Of course, they scared me to death by saying "my service director and I will sit down with you when you come in" when I asked on the phone what they had to do.
I got there just before closing and they pulled my Jeep around for me. When I asked what they had to do (replace trans, rebuild trans, etc - which if you remember is what they initially said they'd have to do), they laughed and said "you got lucky. Once our trans tech got it on his hoist, he found that your trans was fine. He found this large stick (ok, small tree) that got wedged into the trans housing where the wire harness sits!".
Apparently, it severed the wires a bit thus allowing only 2nd gear. They pulled the stick out, repaired the harness and off I went. The best part is that they decided to warranty the repair (and pay 100% for the 11 days of rental car expense from Enterprise)!! Plus they completely detailed the truck, inside and out!
I was never so impressed and relieved. In hindsight, I guess I should have looked underneath a bit 'ey? We all laughed and I knew then that I'd never go to another dealership other than Ed Voyles again. Great guys- especially Kenny Ford. So happy for the good ending. Still considering adding a trans cooler though now- especially since I do some light towing on my aftermarket hitch.
Thanks for all of the well-wishes as they worked.