I've never been a milage addict. I ride for the joy and sometimes the thrill but never to just accumulate miles. I don't want to end a days ride exhausted and unable the enjoy the rest of my day. Many of my rides end with a meet up with my wife Carrie at a coffee joint, restaurant or anyplace where the beer is cold and dark. Eventually I throw my trike on top of or in the car and call it day.
The ride I'm going on February 14th, the Tour de Palm Springs, is no different. I'll be ending the half century ride 14 miles short of the finish and will meet up with my Valentine at a Starbucks. My stopping point marks the end of the beautiful open desert portion of the ride and starts the final 14 mile ride through civilization with some dicy roads. As usual, after a bagel (maybe a donut) and a cup of tea at Starbucks, I'll throw the trike into the car and head back for cold beer at the event area.
Again, it's about the ride not the distance. Why end a beautiful ride with 14 miles of slogging through city streets?