The post office is a 1.5 mile round trip by car. I decided to take the bike instead because it's a pretty day. When I got back thirty minutes later, my bike computer told me I'd gone 8.0 miles.
How can this be?
All I did was take a letter to the post office, oh, and take a short spin through the park, and over that cool bridge, and down that fun little bike trail on the edge of the canyon, and back through the park to the fountain, and up and over that freeway on the footbridge, and back home.
So now a trip to the post office is going to be 8 miles? Geesh!
PS: I also learned how a simple shoestring can YANK one back to reality in the midst of a good cycling daydream when it (the shoestring) gets caught wound around the crank and in the chain. Yowsa!
Your postal ride sounds wonderful. The weather here is finally breaking today. Tonight will be in the low 60"s, wow fall is coming!!
I also read about your staircase fiasco. You and I think alike except I believe I would have ridden rather than walked down the steps. The results probably would have been worse than yours.
I find small rides with my 9 year old daughter are great for random distance riding. All unplanned, sort of a lets take this way and now try this road. We get back and have put on 5-7 miles and what's more I love riding with both my children. It's very slow but great fun