This weekend I dragged out my local map and began making a cue sheet for a custom good time. There's a lake about twelve miles from home and I was hoping to go there, have a quick picnic brunch, and head for home.
As it turns out, I had made a wrong turn after about the second step of my cue sheet. I thought that I was familiar with the area, but it turns out that I was familiar with the busier roads I had driven on and wanted no part of those. So I kept going figuring I'd run into something that looked familiar, sooner or later.
Several miles later I see water, but I'm on a different side of the lake than earlier planned. Not wanting to turn around (that sort of stuff is for quitters) I kept going, figuring I'd just ride around the lake. It's no great lake, but it sure added a lot more miles that I wasn't counting on.
I finally made it to the lake's public landing and had my brunch; it was delicious. After eating, I started making my way home. The heat was rising and I had developed a slow leak. I opted to wait until I got home to fix the leak and luckily made it home with just a couple of refills.
After getting home and tracing where I had gone, I realized that I had pretty much taken the route that I was hoping to work my way up to. So much for testing the waters. I was hoping to go a little further, but the heat and leak persuaded me to go home.
Still, by the time it was all said and done, I put in 40 miles with an AVG SPD of 15.7 (my personal best ). I hope my next wrong turn turns out to be as rewarding.