I do almost all of my riding either by myself or with my wife. A few times I have met up with friends from work and once they gave me some pace line training. My friends have been asking me when I am going to show up for the Saturday morning ride from the local shop with them. I told them last week that I only rode 40 miles in June due to me putting a new roof on my house every mornig I was off work and most evenings when it wasn't raining, so it would be a while before I was back in shape. Well, this morning I drove down to the trail and was planning a nice easy 40 miles. At mile 4 I was passing the bike shop and there was one of my friends waiting on the other riders to show up. I stopped and said hi and they invited me along. The next thing I know we were stopping for a drink 21 miles later. It was really different from my normal riding. We Averaged 18.8 on the first half and rode almost all of it on roads instead of the Rail Trail. You really can't do much sightseeing as you need to pay a lot of attention to what is going on, but it was fun to be with a good group and they were very patient and helpful to me. On the way back they slowed down a little until about 2 miles from the shop and then they took off pretty good. I held on for a while but they dropped me. When they got back on the Rail Trail they waited on me to catch up. By the time I got back to my truck I had ridden 50 miles, a good ride and a fun experience. I think I will do it again every now and then, but I won't give up my solo riding.