I visited the nice people at the Ptown Bike Shop and they fixed my bike. I had apparently bent my derailleur tab. He also adjusted the brakes, pumped up the tires and sold me a new seat (much more comfortable. Very happy with how this went. I walked in and walked out with a fixed bike 30 minutes later.
So, today, I was set for an adventure. We had invited a family that we have been friends with for decades to come down and visit us for a few days. My friend John is an avid sportsman. He canoes, runs, bikes, hikes and all that stuff. He brought his bike with him and we did yesterday’s adventure up in the Provincelands together. Today we decided to do the Cape Cod Rail Trail end to end and back. This is about 22 miles (35km) of reasonably flat, generally shady, smooth paved bike path that meanders through the interior of Cape Cod. Some of it is very pretty, but much of it looks a lot like the view out of a train window. Backs of buildings and woods.
John and I tend to push each other. And today was no exception. He rode lead on the way out, and I rode lead on the ay back. So, I was pretty fresh halfway through and he was a bit toasted. By the end, I was completely destroyed. The last 5 miles were very hard. The other challenge for the bike path is that, although it is flat, it is crossed by many, many streets. Each crossing requires you to slow down, look both ways for traffic and then proceed. There is also a significant amount of slower traffic on the path. The result of all of this is a fair amount of speeding up and slowing down, which makes it a bit harder.
Here is my heart rate and speed. (I was drafting along happily in the first half and out front for the second.)
If you feel like exploring my ride any further. You can look at it on Strava.