I just shared a group ride for the new town I've moved to in the regional section. There are tons of bicycles here (well, tons to me, I'm very excited) and I've seen what looks like a lot of Multi-Use Paths (MUPs). The group ride was posted on Facebook HERE.
My concern is that i have no idea if I could do this even if I wanted to. Related to this is curiosity if I can manage a commute slightly shorter than this ride.This year we have 2 Group Options for this weekly ROAD BIKE RIDE, both groups will roll out together from Left Hand Brewery on Boston Avenue - Roll out at 5.30PM Sharp.
OPTION 1: This group will be at a medium pace (15 to 18mph average - slower on Greenway, faster on roads), and will cover 20+ miles, best suited for Road bikes, and people with experience riding on the road with traffic.
OPTION 2: This group will be at a slower pace (12 to 15mph average), and will generally cover 20+/- miles too, time & pace permitting. This group will be suitable for Road and Hybrid bikes.
Both Rides will be a "NO DROP", we will try to keep everyone together, but in the event some are faster/slower, we will stop and re-group at intervals
Previously I was commuting 3.5 and then 4 miles 4 times a day to total 16 miles in a day. Occasionally I would add another trip onto that to haul something, but usually it was just the commute back and forth to work. Pretty flat terrain, but often a headwind going to work.
I drive a school bus and have moved, which means that except for a trip to the DMV last Friday, I haven't ridden for a little over a month now. I've just begun training classes for my new district and the location is 15 miles away. Our car is seriously damaged, limping around in 2nd gear with a broken transmission. The other car in my husband's gas-eating Camaro which I currently don't know how to drive.
Is it feasible for me to take my bike to work on the back of the car (ok maybe not the camaro with its spoiler, but somehow) and then ride it home instead of requiring my husband to come and get me? It would be during a hotter part of the day, leaving at 3:30pm. I'm also uncertain of the actual route, as it has me riding on dirt roads- I'm unfamiliar with that type of riding although I'm sure my bike would be fine. I'm concerned with relative safety of doing that.
HERE is a link to the Googlemap of the route. If anyone from the area could chime in, or if anyone has opinions or advice it is all welcome.