Several Sundays ago, I rode my bike the furthest I’ve ever gone. A few friends and I went to Wakefield, MA to take part in the Charles River Wheelmen’s Spring Century. We ended up doing 62 miles (100 kilometers, or a metric century). We signed up for the 50 mile version of the ride, but although most of the route was really well marked, one town wouldn’t let the organizers mark the route. Of course, this is where we got lost. Thanks to two kind people (both of whom seemed to think we were crazy for riding our bikes so far), we made it back on course and completed the ride, albeit with 12 extra miles.
Even though we got lost, we all had a great time. The ride was very well organized for checking in, and because they had a rolling start (people begun riding as soon as they arrived), it never felt crowded. There was a food and drink stop at the 25 mile mark, which was very much appreciated, as was the food table just across the finish line. I’ll definitely do it again next year, hopefully the 100 mile distance.