I guess I am using the right term, but I am not sure. My overall favorite type of ride is not out in the country because I get freaked out by cars passing me at 60-70 mph, although there are some relatively empty country roads I ride on occasionally with one particular friend. But I like to put in as much as 50 miles (planning on 60 next time) just meandering around Austin, Texas. Some of it is on park trails but mostly just on the streets. When I am at an intersection and have a choice of going uphill or downhill I always choose up. I am strung out on climbing the steepest streets I can find. Otherwise, its pretty random. When I come to a red light and don't want to wait I often will turn down a sidewalk or through a parking lot or whatever just to keep going. I like to explore alleys in residential neighborhoods. The properties seem to have much more personality viewed from the alley than from the street. Fortunately, I have a riding partner who is game for this kind of random wandering. We have found lots of streets that are empty when we ride after work and which we basically have to ourselves. We have one evening ride that is mapped out and consistent. It feature fairly short but steep hills with one that tops out at just over a 20% grade. Six months ago it was touch and go to make it up that hill -- even cheating by zig-zagging. Then we could usually make it up there going straight but had to stop and rest at the top with heart beating like a hammer. Now we go straight up and continue on without a rest stop.
I have a new road bike but I don't really like it that much. I have 4, (but one sold, I think) mountain bikes with skinny street tires on them. Three out of the four are front/rear suspension and one is front only. They are fine for handling potholes, curbs, unpaved alleys etc. with no problems but can still hit 30 + mph downhill. I like the comfort of this type of bike -- not that they will ever win a race or that we set any kind of record for average MPH.
Who else rides like this?