Taking the advice of people on this forum, I set out today for a long ride, without a specific destination, but knowing I'd ride out far enough that I'd have to find my way back and in the doing, I would rack up the miles.
My goals were: at least twenty. That was easy. Why not fifty? That was harder. If I could do fifty, then I had to do fifty six, and get that challenge out of the way (birthday's not until October but why not be proactive?). And, if I got 56, then by all means do another six and get the metric.
Alas, it was not to be. The light was too feeble to try another six miles, so I had to give it up at 56.1. I am trying not to get too worked up over this, but I always feel that by gosh I was SO close, I should have gone the distance.
Some highlights: stopped for a beverage at a little snack shack, and after ordering a deliciously cold peach Arizona ice tea, the guy comes out, says he's closing, and offers me a free sandwhich because they'd made too many. Not bad! And later, pausing to rest on a bench, I found 32 cents.
The ride took me all over the place -- downtown, out to Harbor Island, around Mission Bay, etc. My only mistake was miscalculating what the mileage would be when I got back to my front door -- I still had like five miles to go, which i did on an amazingly boring loop around a few blocks in the neighborhood.
Beautiful day, 71 degrees, too much wind (but more exercise that way!), wearing only shorts and an orange tee shirt.
Now, having taken 4 hours, 55 minutes and 54 seconds to complete this little chore, I am puzzled as to how I'm ever to complete a full century (at least on this bike). I don't think I could handle ten hours on the saddle and i'm not sure how I'm going to increase my speed very much. Yes, some of today's ride was on MUPs and I had to slow for peds, but still... Maybe I'm not cut out for long distance?
Anyway, feeling good, and it's bath time. Woohoo!
PS: Sorry about all that snow in the northeast. Must be a nightmare and I'm (seriously) not gloating. May it melt soon!