One thing I'm beginning to grow weary of is the idea that most cyclists have that the only GOOD ride is the fastest ride you're capable of.
This last weekend I chased my brother and sister-in-law all day long and at the end of it I asked if they'd seen the (4) waterfalls and they said, "What waterfalls?" The part they liked wasn't the long quiet country road past the reservoir but the ride back along a busy road that was straight as a string and where they could get on the geek bars and ride as hard as they could.
Even on my tour a couple of weeks ago there was somewhat the same problem - after messing around all morning (it took between 3 and 5 hours to go the first 20 miles all but one day) they would suddenly get the idea that it would be dark before we got in and then we'd be riding faster than I wanted to in order to arrive at the camp sites before dark.
Is it just me or are people incapable of thinking and riding at the same time?