First, it was fun!! I rode with the Cycle Memphis group on their first monthly beginners group ride. There were about 65 people riding, with hardly any spandex in sight. We left at 8pm and went 12.5 miles total to downtown Memphis and the Mississippi River and back. I was really flagging by the last couple of miles, but I made it!
I was so amazed that people all along the route cheered and waved at us. So many people asked what we were doing. Um... riding bikes?
Some things I learned:
Some car drivers are going to yell, honk, and otherwise be rude.
Bring extra water. (Some folks didn't bring any at all.)
When they yell "car back" that means an impatient car is trying to crowd by.