I'm not talking about commutor rides.
I'm talking more about the 50 miler weekend ride?
After this months Can Am ride (300+ riders attended)and a Niagara on The Lake Ride with one club,
I've reached the conclusion that -for me- the ride is more about the journey than the destination.
(In short, I really don't give a fleas behind about how many miles I did in how short a time)
The NOL ride may have been the turning point. The group I rode with, stayed all of 20 minutes in
a tourist style village at the tip of the lower niagara river and lake ontario. I stayed behind.
In staying the extra time, I got to have a glass of wine with an Italian cycling club who was touring down from Toronto (God, those Italians know how to enjoy life! ))while sharing stories.
In staying and taking the bike trail (vs the far to traffic clogged road) I had my escarpment climb lessened by a pat on the back and a thick european "U need to Woork on U Lags" tease from two (I came to learn at the top of the climb) swiss ladies who were touring from Nova Scotia!
My ride was the same distance as the rest of the club I rode with but took several hours more as I stopped to savor the day.
Sence, I've been using my in depth knowledge of the several counties surrounding Buffalo Ny to map out rides I've wanted to do and riding from the house to do them.
Amazingly, my average speed is around 14.5/15 and I cover anywhere between 40 and 60 miles on a ride.
I usually don't do a long rest stop midway as quite often I do stop or slow to talk withother cyclists etc.
I still club ride weekday mornings but increasingly am looking forward to the weekend solos.
Just wondering if I'm the odd duck here.