I've been under a massive workload this year and it's just now slacking off. So today was the first time that I got my trusty bike out for a ride, doing an 18.5 mile "get reacquainted" ride up and down the C&O Canal across from Shepherdstown, WV.
It wasn't too hot and it was a great day for riding, other than the fact that the trail was pretty crowded and to a large part infested with the sort of casual riders who insist on slowly riding two abreast or bringing pre-teen kids out who have no concept of keeping to the proper side of the narrow trail. And of course mommy and daddy can't correct their precious little snowflake when he/she rides right at you in your lane because it might hurt the snowfake's self-esteem. Better that you should be forced to ride off the trail to dodge "baby oblivious" as the parents shrug and smile and toss off a token "sorry" as they pass in their spawn's wake.
(People who "parent" like this--and you know who you are--this is why the rest of us in America hate your kid. Just saying.)
But it was still a nice day's ride, if only to wake up a few muscle groups that I haven't made much use of in a while. And I really don't remember the seat being so hard last year...
Ah well. What matters is that I was finally out on the bike. And it only gets better from here.