And again I didn't take a single picture. But it was a good ride. My legs are getting stronger after having lost stamina during a protracted cold. Last year, when I did this same route, I had trouble with certain sections. This year, I just cruised through them. It did help that I was following an enthusiastic group as well. I didn't even have too much trouble with the headwind that featured on about half of the route.
In addition to everything else, I had an epiphany. It wasn't a Paul-on-the-road-to-Damascus moment, but it felt important anyway.
For years now, many people have been telling me "pedal in circles. No, really, circles." My initial response was "What the heck does that mean?"
|A circle. Just in case this needed illustration.|
So...thanks to our ride leader Jen who made the concept understandable. I'm still not going to clip in even though she said it would be more effective. I mean, really: I'm not crazy enough to attach myself to something that might fall over at any moment.