I am joining your forum after enjoying reading through the posts. I am 43, have been riding for about 12 years now (after figuring out that running is pretty hard on your body). I have commuted back and forth to work, done a few long organized rides, and really like my long weekend rides.
I am currently living in Wiesbaden, Germany in the center of a really great riding area; lots of rolling hills and low-density traffic roads! If I want a flat ride, I can cruise up along the Rhine (about two miles from the house) and check out the castles along the river.
I just bought myself a new road bike for myself, and a new tandem that my wife and I have been enjoying a lot.