I drove to one of my nearby start points and headed out on a ride at 0800 with a plan: head out for a 20 mile segment with a quick coffee-stop terminus, meeting up with a 1000 club ride, finish ride with club. The weather was perfect; a bit chilly at the start, but slowly warming over the course of the ride to 60-ish. The 20 miles including one good climb up to a 1900' "summit". I arrived at the coffee stop with enough time to grab a cup to go.
Yesterday the club had scheduled 6-7 rides so the only other riders were the couple on a tandem leading the 10 am ride. Turns out they were not in much of a hurry and the majority of the remaining 29 miles were spent riding side-by-side just poking along talking about cycling and other topics. I do most of my riding solo and usually riding fairly hard (or very hard) with chores and other activities on the afternoon's schedule. This was a welcome reminder that cycling does afford the opportunity for more than just exercise
The result: http://www.strava.com/activities/101298497