Rode 60 miles, my age + 3, on Saturday. This is 10 miles over my previous record! Everything was right: wind, temperature, humidity, tire pressure, planets were in alignment, and whatever else. There is an 800-foot increase in elevation from the beginning to the midpoint of this ride. I stopped at the midpoint to quench my thirst, munch on goodies, and enjoy the view from the top of the hill.
Three dogs didn't appreciate my presence in the corner of their yard at the top of the hill and came forth to admonish me regarding my encroachment. I took a chance and just sat down when the lead dog stopped about 5 yards away. He approached slowly and sniffed a little while his mate followed. I reached forth rather slowly and stroked the fur of the non-tooth-bearing mate and then even more carefully stroked the fur of the alpha male. Next thing I know, he's in my lap enjoying the attention!
At the begining of the summer the thought of riding my age never even crossed my mind. I'm glad that some of the 50+ bunch have posted on this topic as it provided an opportunity for a new personal achievment.