Haven't been posting or even cruising the forum much the past two weeks. Work has been 65 to 70 hours a week and then domestic stuff stole all the other time (except for riding time... that I don't give up easily). In any event for the first time ever I got my younger son (a senior in college) to go on a road ride with me. Several years ago, as part of his rebellious period, he made the comment that cycling was stupid and he wasn't going to do it. I let it pass, as painful as it was. And he, being stubborn like his father, held onto that stance for years. But yesterday while home for the summer and having a day off of work he says, "I'm bored." I replied, "Well, you can come on a ride with me if you want." Much to my surprise he said, "OK." Well, we got a bike set up for him and he was able to to 13.5 miles with me... more than he's ever ridden before. My older son rides with me frequently, but this...wow, it's just too much. Maybe if I play my cards right I can have both of them riding with me at the same time. I'm in 7th heaven.
As a side note, he later called his older brother to tell him about the ride. According to his older brother he really enjoyed it, except for having a "sore arse" toward the end. He went on to say that he understands better about why I like to ride so much. His words: "It's better than hiking because you get to see more, but not so fast that you can't see anything. It kind of makes you forget about everything except what you're doing at the moment." I think it gets it!