69.55 miles, 14.4 mph (4:48:58 total time)
This weekend, I wanted to do a long bike ride. I had mapped out a route that would take me mostly through the reservation so that I could avoid as many stoplights as possible....and maybe if I was feeling lucky hit the casinos and rub elbows with the old ladies. The great part about this ride was that it was only supposed to be 55 miles. Not a SUPER far ride but far enough that my ass would hurt afterwards. Nothing like a little 'tactile feedback' to tell you that you rode well.
Well, turns out that Google Maps had different plans. In the below planned route, I marked the 'issue' point with a star.
Let me tell you this ride was tough. The most frustrating was that I needed to get back to the hospital and was really trying to push the pace. This of course caused me to crash around mile 60 or so. My Average miles per hour went from 15.0 all the way down to the 14.4 where I ended up overall.
Turns out that what looked like a road was actually a Jeep dirt path. Not so good on the road bike. I actually did ride 2 miles each way on the dirt path to see if it would magically turn into a road, but it didn't - not even when I made dirt bike noises! *Rarrrrrr VVRRoooooommmm*
Below is the actual route that I ended up riding. You can see around mile 35 when I had a short out and back on the dirt road. Where the city ends, reservation begins.
But, I suppose I got the 'tactile feedback' that I was looking for. Not only are my legs still tired and sore, my ass DOES hurt! So, on that scale I suppose it was a good ride.