54 today, so I cancelled court and set out for a birthday ride (it's good to be the boss and be able to do that). The plan was 108km, or 67.1 miles, but I ended up at 80, which is the longest ride I've done in a few years. The wind was really whipping around from the north and east, the effect of Hurricane Earl close by. I felt good and might have gone farther, but I popped a spoke at about 78 miles.
Here's the amazing part. According to my Garmin 500, this 80.43-mile ride included a whopping 330 feet of climbing. That's right: an average of 4.1 feet per mile. I'd challenge any of you to find a flatter 80 miles.
Here's the Garmin Connect track of the ride, out along the beach, past the space shuttle launch pads, through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and back home. A nice dinner, a glass of wine, and off to bed.