I've been riding (sort'a) with a group on Mondays. They're nice folks. The only problem is I'd get dropped on the first tiny little hill and wouldn't catch up with them till the mid-point. Then I'd get dropped pretty quickly going back so I was riding almost the entire ride alone.
Today I decided to start out at my condo and just ride to the mid-point by myself. It worked pretty well. On the way back I was even able to hang with four teams of my tandem riding friends for about a mile longer than last time. total ride distance was 37.5 miles. It was good.
The issue with riding the route that I rode today is the last 2 miles are a climb up Jungs Station Hill. I've been avoiding that climb ever since I broke my hip. You know the rest - barriers like Jungs Station Hill are always more mental than physical. I made it and I didn't even have to resort to using my granny chainring.
My confidence is gradually coming back.