I got a different bike. Trek 2100. I happen to live way out in the county, but all my roads are now paved. I have a possible loop I could make that would require going to the highway 4.5 miles, down the highway 1 mile, and back to my house 3.5. The county road is not very busy but the rolling hills and the drivers who think it's an interstate concern me. However my biggest concern is the dogs! My county has no shelter, no animal services, no leash laws. The dogs won't chase cars, but I don't knwo if they'll chase a bicycle. I was figuring it up and I might have more than 10 dogs to worry about. Is it worth it?
What would you do?
ride the loop but be armed with pepper spray (or just my water bottle)?
try to outrun the dogs?
Be quiet and fast and hope they don't see me?
Forget the loop and ride my in-town laps?