Sunday dawned clear and cool: Matt, CJ, and we oldsters drove down to Olin Park on Lake Monona to ride our bikes out through the UW Arboretum and then north and down the Southeast Trail back to the park, a total of 19.5 km, with 95 meters of climbing. Most of the ride was on bike trails and the Arboretum roads, but in between were several residential streets with no bike lanes and a vague idea of the general direction to go.
We had ridden the Southeast Trail two years ago, so that was familiar, but the rest was new. Matt’s bike was misadjusted so that he couldn’t shift into the large chainring, and CJ hasn’t yet been schooled in the art of distance cycling, so we were able to pull ahead often, then slow to a leisurely pace to wait for them to catch up. This wasn’t a long ride, but did prove our hill-climbing ability, with long but not steep hills.
After our ride, we lounged by the pool at Matt’s apartment complex, and Ashley and Travis joined us for a barbecue. A long day in the sun, but most pleasant, surrounded by family.