Ever since living in my new home (almost 3 years now) and riding regularly on the local bike path behind my house, I have seen a gentleman about my age riding either his mountain bike or road bike just about every time I go out.
I have tried to encourage some friendliness, have waved and nodded hello regularly.
This year I got him to wave back and a couple of times to say "Hello."
Today, he passed me and asked as he was passing if I had a computer, and if I did, could I measure a specific distance for him. I said yes, and we met further down the trail where he waited for me.
His name is Bob, he is 66, and he rides the exact same 40 mile route EVERY DAY. He used to run marathons, and that is how he trained for marathons. He is 66 yo, and lives a little further from the trail than I do.
The reason he wanted me to measure was that some construction has changed the trail in one portion for awhile, and he is marking out another exact 40 mile route - which he does in 2.5 hours, winter or summer, except in blizzards. For some reason, he has no computer on his bike.
That means he generally rides 280 miles per week, or about 1200 miles per month.
I explained that I liked variety, and rode new areas whenever I could, and I loved to explore. Not for him, he left no doubt about that!
I rode back with him several miles, and although he stated, "I am going on ahead of you" I easily kept up with him (pat myself on the back!). We were going about 23 mph.
He rides in the drops about 90% of the time, and stand to pump frequently!
I really enjoy meeting new folks.