Ah- what a wonderful day it was. I turned 51, and took a 'personal' day off from work...in order to bike. The temperatures reached as high as 48, but there was a wind (in my face coming home). I left the house at around 10:30 with the aim of biking my age, 1.5 times my age, or maybe even double my age. I also decided to 'hit the hills'. I live in Reston, Virginia, and am right off the W&OD bike path. The bike path is a great way to head out of town safely. It is built on an old railroad bed, so it is poretty flat. Once past Leesburg, I opted for Dry Mill Rd (hilly) and then on to Irene and Hamilton Station Road, into the town of Waterford. From there, up Stumptown Rd (big hill) and down the other side, and up to Taylorstown, big hill. At Taylorstown, I was at around 42 miles. I had a quick bite to eat, and reversed my course...doing the hills in the opposite direction. As I neared home, I bumped into a friend of mine, and we rode together up Hunter Station Hill, near home. When all was done, I had completed 86 hilly miles in about 5 1/2 hours. Most of the way back was into a wind that seemed to be blowing from the South/South East.
I remember reading on this forum at some point of people riding their age on their birthday, and felt it was a great opportunity. I was blessed today, as the trail was dry. Had we had any snow or ice, it would not have happened.