60+ mile group road-ride on some killer, country-style roads leaving just 20 minutes from downtown Baltimore (a universe described on one of the prior blogs but just to summarize, lots of poverty, many real people doing cool things, and a few chique over-the-top urban-cool areas). The ride consisted of many hills, some quite steep. Nothing too long, so overall it reminded me a lot of riding in Missouri. 4000ft of climbing on the day. Total ride time: 3 hours and 30 minutes. I was pretty worked and tired after 2.5hours, but was super motivated given the 50 degree temperatures, beautiful roads, and AMAZING Lemond Maillot Jaune. What a great bicycle: made in the USA with Reynolds 853, dura ace components and with the way the bike fits, it is hands-down my favorite road bike I've ever ridden. It provides such a sense of stability balanced with a suppleness that I've never felt on a road bike before without neglecting stiffness.
Now I'm feeling mellow. Not too worked, just satisfied. It is wonderful what fresh air and an activity you love can do. However, I miss Mags, Cassidy, and friends so much and can't wait to get back home.