Well, I finally did it. I ventured out onto the road finally after mostly riding in and around a high school which has little to no traffic.
Left from my church and headed toward a small park which was between 4 to 5 miles away. Made it with no dog chases and traffic was respectful. I never got my mirror set just right though. I started back and it started sprinkling of course just to make it interesting. I was so hot that it felt pretty good, so I continued on.
So, I have a couple of vehicles heading toward me and one coming from behind . Of course they would arrive at me at the same time. The road didn't have much extra space outside of the line, but I was hugging it the best I could. The car behind me didn't slow down at all and missed me by like a foot. "Hello reality" from riding on the road. That got my attention pretty quick. The car stopped just ahead of me to turn into their house, they backed their car so that I couldn't get their license plate (as if I would have done something - plus I had it before they turned into their house anyway) and just stood there.
I didn't exactly appreciate what they did. If their house was that close, just slow enough to let the oncoming vehicle pass and then go on. I then realized that I have one kid (3-1/2 years old) and just how important is riding on the roads anyway? I realize this is no big deal to the roadies (who have my ultimate respect now). I'm in no hurry to get back onto the roads as of yet. One dumb teenager or one drunk and off to heaven I go. I'm sure I'll get over it.
By the way, my pace seemed to be alot faster on the road than when I ride in a controlled environment. Nothing like a little motivation of traffic. I'll accept any recommendation for mirrors for a road bike. Mine wasn't big enough and I couldn't get it adjusted right.