So what was it, 3 weeks ago when I posted that I had broken my all-time record of 22 miles in a day by riding 26 miles.
The 26 mile record turned out to be short-lived. I managed to ride 33 today, which is just a bit over riding my metric age. That's about 53km and I'm 52.
I didn't do it in one continuous ride. I was riding with friends visiting Wisconsin and it went this way. Rode 13.5 miles mostly uphill (railroad grades of 3%-4%) and into a 20 mph wind. Had lunch at a nice little cafe. Then rode the 13.5 miles back in less than half the time. They drove off, I thought I had another 6 miles in me so I got back up on my bike, despite my aching rear end, and did it.
This on top of riding 20 miles yesterday, making 53 miles in two days. I think my all-time two day high was something around 32-35 miles. This was all on limestoned rail trails, no asphalt pavement - which certainly would have made it easier.
So it is not yet mid-June and I've hit my "high level" goals for the year, which were to be able to work my way up to a metric age and to be able to ride 50 miles in two days by October.
I might try to do a 40 mile day at some point in the year. I don't really care about going for my age in miles. I do think if I could ride on level asphalt surfaces, that doing 40 wouldn't be that hard.