I ventured into unchartered waters on Saturday. I contacted a local bike riding club and joined them on a ride.
I chose the ride because it was in area I hadn't ridden and i was interested in exploring and the distance/pace seemed managable.
It stared off a bit rocky. I had called the rider leader on Friday and was told the start time was 9 am. When I arrived at the meet location there was no one there. I called the rider leader who informed the ride had started at 8 am. I was given a location to meet the group and I rode out and met them. The ride was to circle two different lakes. I missed the flatter smaller lake, but did the hilly longer route around the lake.
The temp was around 78 degrees with only a slight wind. The group was small (5), but experienced. One couple talked about riding 30 years ago out in the area I live. I am guessing their age to be in the upper 60's if not in the 70s. The male half of this couple was the stongest rider leading everyone up the hills. What was fun is he would call out the incline every so often, were at 6%, now were at 11%. I found it interesting to hear the grade while we were still on the road to have something to reference to some of the other hills I've climbed.
I only did 16-17 miles of the original 30 I had hoped to due because of missing the first part of the ride. Overall I had an enjoyable time. I rode faster than my normal pace, meet some new cyclists, and saw some pretty scenery. There was some disagreement as whether we went up 5 or 7 hilss. I didn't count or care, we either was going up or down most of the time.
Here is a photo of the lake we rode around. Those hills in the background gives you an idea of what we riding up and down.