So I know 12 miles is nothing to most of you, but it's WAY further than I'd gone before. Was typically doing 5-ish mile rides, and previous longest was 7. Here's the route:
I'm tired, and knee isn't 100% happy, but I feel pretty good! I need to get another water bottle cage, though. I stopped at a convenience store about halfway to get a drink, and subjected myself to a lot of funny looks and open laughter by a couple of rednecks in a dirty old pickup. Who cares, right? But still.. I'd rather not stop, and so not have to "not care."
Total time was about 1:45, but that included 1) stop to put chain back on when it fell off after a bad downshift (EDIT: Slipped off gears, but didn't come all the way off!), 2) stop to fix seat when it tipped back and had me practically sliding off onto my rear wheel (that one took about 20 minutes - accidentally took seatpost all the way apart! then 3) stop for drinks. I'm guessing total saddle time was about 1:15.
There were some flat stretches, which I thought would be easier, but discovered they're just different! What's up with this "you have to keep pedaling" thing?? I'm hoping to do a route like this, but 20-25 miles, by the end of August. Think I can make it?