Mrs. Mono and I have just returned from five days in the Texas hill country. We had a great time cycling, wining, and shopping. We took our new (to us) Burley tandem which we are still learning to ride.
I have refitted it with a whole new bar set for my stoker, giving her a much more upright ride. She had only minor swelling in her left arm on the first day due to lymphedema. Hopefully the symptoms will be moderate as she increases her time on the bike. The bike was still sporting the soft saddle on back but after the second 25 mile ride she changed it out for a Terry Liberator X saddle.
We did a little over 100 miles of riding, being four rides of 20-30 miles with about 1000' of climbing on each ride. This was the most she had ever ridden on successive days. She more normally rides 10 miles once or twice a week during summer.
This tandem business is fun. I'm still amazed at how much energy the tandem will gather going downhill and how far it will roll out at speed. We've been up in the 35 mph range a couple of times and I'll probably call that a max speed until such time as I rebuild the wheels and put new tires on it. On level ground we can keep it rolling near 20 mph.
The stoker only screamed at me twice. Once was when I went through a yellow light in downtown Fredericksburg. The other time was when I made a wide right turn on to a main road.
It was a great time of the year to go cycle the hills. The weather was great. The weekdays were pretty much free of the tourist traffic. We only saw two bikers out on the roads during the weekdays. Saturday and Sunday were more crowded and we saw a peloton or two.
Of course we stopped at the bakery and pie shop.
In 30 minutes I can have my motel room looking like my garage.
A couple of views
Some people still hear the guns. As best I could tell, that is an original 6# Napoleon cannon to the right of the flags.