Now I'm 65. When I was younger, about 1971 a friend and I trained on the roads (no bike shoulder) for a round-trip out west. He was to bike from Milw. to Madison to meet me and start the trip. He never made it. Turned out his kneecap had a curvy track instead of a straight one, so as he pedaled . . . The doc said he shouldn't ride a bike any more.
Madison is where my first bike, a Peugot, was stolen. It's also where I used to ride year-round. No bike lane. snow plowed high between parked cars, road covered with salt and sand . . . I must have had a cloak of invincibility.
Now I'm in Florida and retired (moved here in 1984). Last summer I hiked for a week on the C&O Canal. I met my son, who was doing the AT, in Harper's Ferry. This year I plan on round-tripping the C&O/GAP by bike (resupplying when hiking is less convenient), covering about 22 miles a day (kindofa cruise compared to the 30-50+ miles/day of cyclocampers I met last year). I also misplaced my cloak of invincibility so I must throw caution to the wind.