I had been talking about taking a day off to find out just what kind of shape I'm really in. I left yesterday about 7:15 and headed to Ames to see my daughter. It starts out on a bike trail so 7 miles of flat. Then into some good hills for about 30 miles. There I took a break for a candy bar (that's why I bike!!) and some coffee. After another hilly 8 it was onto an awful bike trail for 5 miles. I should have taken the adjacent hiway...it would have been much smoother. Then another break for a pbj and water refills.
The remaining 55 was pretty flat. There was one hill about a mile long up out of a river valley, but it was gradual so never below 8mph. The towns I went through for most of the ride were no bigger than 200 not including the dogs! I took a couple more breaks for lunch (brought with me) and a nap.
Made it about 3:15 with a little over an hour break total. That was a fantastic speed for me. I've never done a ride over 12 miles with that high an average speed. (14.1 mph avg.)
Met one other cyclist in one very small town that didn't even have a water hydrant. She was young college or high school. I first saw her ahead of me about a half mile up. She dropped down into a little vail and when I came over the top 1/4 mile later she was a mile up. She had stopped for a breather when I caught her. Chatted a bit and she went on while I looked for water.
The last 12 miles was an awful road with seams every 15 feet about 2 inches deep each.
I guess I'm feeling pretty good about this. Weather was perfect with light breezes and a high of about 86 degrees. I did this pulling my loaded BOB...I usually pull the beast so I'm ready when I do a couple 2 to 3 day tours. The attached route shows 98.8 miles, but with little side trips for water and benches it ended at my daughter's apartment with 100.41 miles.