Today we took an "easy" ride in the other direction which was mostly flat with some moderate inclines. As usual on our morning weekend rides, we stopped for bagels, fruit, and coffee on the way home. As we were leaving, we walked our bikes through the outdoor patio where a man was sitting. He tucked in his feet as we passed and said with a smile "I do that too!", pointing to our bikes. He lives in Germany and is here visiting his siblings who live in our town. Born in Jerusalem, he is half Palestine and half Lebanese, and now lives in Germany where he raised his family. His English is very good. He told us about the pleasures of cycling in Germany and that his bike has more miles than his car. He was a very pleasant, friendly man and we wished we could have visited longer. Meeting people like this, especially ones from other regions, is one of my favorite things so far about this sport. It forms connections with others whom we would not otherwise meet. And, we get waved at a lot.
We rode 22 miles today. Hubby said a little while ago that he doesn't feel up to more than one "big" ride weekend yet...... it's only been 3 months, after all, since we got back on a bike. So, we have a plan to ride shorter rides during the week at our own paces (separately, since he is retired and I am still working), and take our long ride together on the weekend and build up our mileage by a few each week or so. I may go out for an easy spin around the neighborhood tomorrow, just to move my legs around.
Edit: I forgot to mention that we have encountered nothing but polite actions from motorists. Maybe it's this quaint college-town atmosphere, but motorists wave us on even after we wave them on. Like "You go first... no YOU go first... no I insist, YOU go first".