Sunday I was able to get my birthday ride in and rode my age. It was an incredible ride for January. There were no head winds, temperature in the 50s, and no traffic! I was able to spend a bit over 4 hours in solitude doing what I love best. Since I was given a digitial camera (for the express purpose of putting it in my jersey pocket) as a gift, I can share two pictures of the ride. The first is what most of the ride was like, flat..... the second is the hill I must climb after every ride to reach my home. It keeps going for about 1.5 miles and has points of about 20% grade. It makes you save a little at the end of each ride so you can get home. When I first started riding after decades of not riding, I couldn't ride this hill. I had to walk. Yesterday, I was able to scoot up the hill with two lower gears yet in reserve. Life it good.