I'm in eastern Fairfield County, a little bit south of Monroe's Webb Mountain Park. I'm not a strong rider yet, but I put in about 8-10 miles on a typical day, doing things like travelling to the library and back.
I'm the Fred on a hybrid, wearing an orange vest, stopped at the side of the road with a map out, trying to figure out which streets to take based on a calculus of:
1.) Pavement that won't shake me off my saddle
2.) Traffic that won't squash me between a semi and a stone wall
3.) Climbs that won't tempt me to get off the bike and walk and/or
4.) Descents that won't have me riding the brakes until the wheels melt.
On the good side, I am taking hills a lot easier than I was this time last year. On the bad side, I wiped out pretty good about a week ago, and my road rash is still healing. With some rain in the forecast, it's about time to take the bike in for a tuneup.