Hello Ken--seeing those photos is a wonderful thing .
Good luck with those rides, and remember to take photos if you can...
Welcome to BF!
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
Also welcome to bike forums... Hope you enjoy "fun" riding as much or more than the commute to work. prepareing for races is good exercize too.