I finally took advantage of the opportunity to get out and take a longer ride today. Before today my longest ride of the year had been only 10 miles. I've been traveling some, had repairs on my bikes, the weather has gotten in the way a few times, and I've skipped it a number of times. The 10 mile rides had been discouraging, because I found them more difficult than 30 mile rides last fall - my legs got out of shape. Excuses, excuses.
Today I made some more adjustments to my new Fuji, swapping my Terry Fly Ti saddle to it, bringing up the adjustable stem another notch, installing new ergonomic grips, and adjusting the position of the saddle. I purchased the bike new in March and the longest ride I had taken on it to date was only 6 miles.
Had some yard work to do this morning, owed my wife a couple of favors, and so didn't get out of the driveway until 2 pm.
I drove down to the wonderful little town of New Glarus, which is the trailhead of the Sugar River Rail Trail. Took a 22 mile ride, through wetlands teaming with cattails & frogs, flowers lining the path in many places, under mostly sunny skies & near 70 temps. Absolutely perfect.
The Fuji was great. So smooth for a rigid fork, with my Conti Contact 700x32 tires one can barely feel the fine gravel of the surface in your hands. It handled the trail find too, plowing over bumps and small tree branches with no problem. I'm definitely faster on it than on my recumbent or Trek hybrid. Over the first six miles, into a slight headwind, I averaged 13 mph on the dirt/gravel surface. That's very good for me. On the return, over the same section of the trail, but now with a slight tailwind, I averaged 14 mph. Those are including having to make 3 stops at intersections and having to slow down a few times to pass families with small kids weaving across the trail.
Upon getting back to New Glarus, they had a community festival going on, with a live blues rock band playing. I stopped by the food tent to get a hot dog (locally made by a German butcher shop out of locally grown meat) and an ice cold diet Coke, then listened to the band for a while. Wonderful way to end a ride. My legs had that low burn that let's you know you got a bit of a workout in.
This was the kind of day that you hate to see come to an end.