I rode with my dad today on one of his usual routes to Ridgefield and back. We put in a solid 50 miles. I was thankful it wasn't pouring, and that the weather was actually quite pleasant for this time of year. We rode through rolling pastures and farmland, past livestock and the changing leaves of winter. I'm always skeptical about the ride on paper, but it's actually quite beautiful and challenging.
I only had my 29er, but it proved to be more than enough for countryside riding. My light wheel setup and fast rolling tires made for a comfortable ride. My kit was still damp from yesterday's downpour, but I never got too cold.
We stopped halfway into our ride for some coffee to catch up and to give my old man a rest. It's always great to hear my dad's cycling stories, and I hope to one day ride with some of his buddies he speaks so much of.