-Gloves would be a good idea, especially ones with padding on the bal of my hand right under my thumb.
-Toe clips(and eventually clipless pedals) would also help me maintain a more even cadence
-a computer on my bike would be nice once i start trying to figure out how fast i can do a certain amount of miles, right now i like the idea of doing the same route and trying to go farther using landmarks.
-no matter how dorky it looks, i need water bottle cages, carrying a bag was sweatier and more work then it was worth
The ride itself was nice, the route i had picked was blocked by severe construciton. An entire bridge i needed to take was gone! Amd there were a couple of crappy narrow two lane mostly truck traffic roads becasue of the detours. And there was one very smelly spot out by the dog food factory! But besides that i thorughly enjoyed. Here are some other things i learned.
-stopping to rest cramping muscles is nice, but letting your heart rate fall back down to a resting position makes it hard to start up again
-I still have some smokers lung issues. I stopped smoking a little over two years ago...but it still burns like it used to.
-Do not try and sneak up on cows, they startle easily!
-I may need to leave about half an hour earlier( 6:15am instead of 6:45 if i want to beat some of the heat
-Leaving early to beat the heat is good, but it's still damn hot no matter what i do, so bring plenty of water.
-If i time it right, i can run into dave on his school bus route.
I think that's it for now. I am going to try and figure out a better route and the mileage, and then give it another shot on friday. And maybe next time i will actually wear some more appropiate attire