I have now ridden just over 9,100 miles year-to-date. I have exceeded my original goal of 8,000 for the year, I now believe I will surpass 10,000 miles. This is much more than I thought I’d do. I attribute the total to bike commuting (probably 60% or more of my mileage), little business travel this year, and relatively good health (fewer or less severe knee and hip problems than some years).
This is my first year tracking my mileage so I cannot compare it to past years.
The highlights of the last month and a half include coffeeneuring with Nolan (which I have posted on), my last organized century, and rides on dirt roads in Loudon County.
I rode the Culpeper Century on October 7. The weather was great, and so was the new course. I rode the first 53 miles with a group, and we averaged 20.1 mph. The group broke up after that, because some were doing just the metric and the hills broke up the small group that remained on the century. After killing myself to keep up with three riders on the climbs I let them go. I thought the next group would catch me but they didn’t and I rode the rest of the ride solo.
Culpeper was my last organized century of the year. Since then, I have done two great rides on Loudon County dirt roads led by @Dirt from Bikenetic. The first, in October, was a dirt road ride out of Leesburg that meandered through Waterford, Lovettsville, Taylorstown, Hamilton, etc., with a stop for wine at The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards on Hamilton Road. The weather was great, and so were the riders and the wine. I rode to the ride start and back on the W&OD, so I got in over 100 miles for the day.
The second was on Veteran’s Day, again out of Leesburg, this time with a stop at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard. Again I rode from my house to Leesburg, for 100 miles exactly. The proprietor at Zephaniah did us a solid by driving to pick up a member of our group who had a flat tires–his second of the day–and no spare. They have very good wine there to boot.
Yesterday I rode to Zephaniah to buy two bottles of wine, a 66 mile round trip. It seemed like a good excuse for a ride. Mostly W&OD trail, but a few dirt roads, a little rain, and a stop at King Street Coffee on the way home.
Today was windy and my osteoarthritic hip was bothering me so I took a day off the bike.
Year to date summary:
Month Total Mis. # 0 Mi. Days # Centuries Tandem Mis.
Jan. 651 5 0 49
Feb. 455 10 0 22
March 600 4 0 24
April 917 1 0 56
May 998 1 0 61
June 907 2 0 54
July 1024 2 1 108
August 1008 1 2 53
September 988 1 2 75
October 1019 1 2 51
Nov. MTD 569 1 1 66
Tot. YTD= 9,136 29 8 619