I went for a nice 20 miler this evening. I rode the farm roads east of Springfield. The farm roads run straight east/west and north south, on one or two mile centers. They are asphalt and for the most part in pretty good shape and light traffic. I hit the bricks just about 5:30 and headed a mile south before turning east. When I turned east, I started riding with my shadow directly in front of me, stretching out maybe 30 or 35 feet. And when I say my shadow was directly in front of me, I mean my view of the shadow of the front wheel was largely obscured by said front wheel. The sun was as close to precisely 180 degrees behind me as you can get. I rode nearly 9 miles straight east, chasing my shadow all the way. It was absolutely fascinating and hypnotic to watch myself ride, in monochrome gray and with legs too long, just pumping up and down, over and over, seemingly with no end. I was so zoned out (or in?) that when some lady on a CF roadie with aero bars said "on your left" I was so startled I nearly hit the ditch. It was a very pleasant zone to ride in. One thing I noticed is I can use to pay attention on keeping my knees in line vertical with the pedals a bit more. When I do that, I seem to get along maybe a bit better.
On the way back in, the roadies were out in force. They still pass me, but now I watch them for a lot longer time in the mirror before the inevitable. And now sometimes they have a red face and are sweating heavily when they go by. Used to be it happened so fast I couldn't tell that sort of thing. There was a nice couple on a tandem leading a group of three others on regular road bikes, they hung with for a few minutes and we had a nice chat on what a great night to ride that it was. Another young turk who caught me was also in a chatty mood and we had a few minutes to exchange names and so on.
Nothing exceptional to report here, other than damn, it was a good night to get out. Finally under 100, the high today was only 92. Hope you all got out too, if you wanted to.