Haven't ridden in about a month but Mike sent out an e-mail yesterday that he was planning to do the Brands ride this morning, so I joined him. It was just the two of us with a 7:30am start. It was quite overcast with temperature about 35F, but the rain was forecast to hold off until afternoon. Nice steady pace up until we started to hit the rollers around Bethpage Park. Then steady, gradual climb up Round Swamp Rd. to the LIE. We both felt good after those initial 12 miles so we did the full Brands loop down to exit 52. At the turnaround point, we made a 5-minute pitstop to eat a CLIF Bar and snap a couple of photos.
Mike (left) and I at the 20-mile turnaround.
Then headed back, again, surprisingly with no wind. A slight headwind as we headed back south down Round Swamp and back to Brands. Overall, a good spinning ride with a few rollers to make things interesting. I think 41 miles (for me, including the ride back home) was a good length, too. Hopefully we can start to string a few weekend rides together.