I have a bad habit....
If it's a nice day I just don't want to head home! The last two tandem rides, I have gotten in a spot of trouble with my stoker for wondering too far afield. A few weeks ago, I got lost (just a little) and added about 10 miles onto your planned ride.
Yesterday, the weather was just astounding. On the way in, I took the flatter way which added a few miles, but subtracted some steep climbs. My navigating was called into question by my stoker. Then, I got the 'quiet' treatment which I know from experience is a bad sign. When I suggested a rest stop at an upcoming store, the reply was 'no, I just want to get back to the car'. I could detect a distinct drop-off in effort from the back seat. After the ride, my stoker was pretty whipped and in need of food, fluids and a massage, all of which I provided!
I think part of the problem may be not being able to ride mid-week.....she has lost a little fitness