- Somebody (read me) makes sure her bike is sound and inflates her tires before the ride.
- Somebody (guess who) is "around" just in case she needs a flat fixed. I think she can actually fix a flat if she had to but why would she if I'm around?
- Somebody (getting the drift on who that might be here) picks a route that she won't get lost on and has little or no car traffic.
Our plan was to ride the Cape Cod Rail Trail together. The rail trail is a former train right of way that got turned into a limited access bicycle path. The trail is 22 miles long and I was going to let her set the pace and the distance (this was a recovery ride for me since I rode hard Saturday, raced Sunday, and rode again hard on Monday). Our hotel is in the middle of the trail and we decided to head west. After a few miles she said that she could turn back since it was difficult to get lost with no turns and I should go ahead to open up my legs a bit. I went a few miles up and then turned it around to catch her. I picked up the pace a little heading back and when I didn't see her I realized she missed the one turn off back to our hotel (so much for not getting lost). Panic quickly set in and I pushed the pace beyond recovery. I found her before I got in trouble.
We did this ride at 630am and it was still approaching 90 degrees when we finished. Tomorrow we'll try something a little different by heading east instead. I think I'm still in charge of pumping the tires though. Hope the temperature cooperates but think that hope is just a wish.