While not my first ride of the year, this was my longest. A co-worker (George) and I took off from his house and drove to the start, about 20 miles away. We headed south on this beautifully maintained trail (there are always a few spots with exceptions). We took our time and enjoyed the late afternoon ride. We didn’t hit the trail until almost 4:30 which allowed the weather to cool a bit. The biggest challenge was the shaded part on the return trip, especially where it was wet. Riding this with a road bike left no room for error when negotiating the ruts that were occasionally present. The shadows were becoming longer so the sunglasses came off to better see the road vs. the shadows.