Today I had an evening to myself so instead of succumbing to any one of many nonproductive pursuits I decided to bust out a quick 30 miles on the recumbent. I headed over to the B & O Trail in Richland County. Conditions were optimum with overcast skies, light breeze and a temperature around 85 degrees.
The outward bound leg I completed in 55 minutes and made it back to the car in 1:56:02. The first 15 miles is slightly downhill so maintaining a 17-18 mph average is easy but on the return trip I usually suffer a bit more and just keep above 15 mph. In any case I am happy to log another sub 2 hour 30 miler. My average speed was 15.5 mph.
On a weeknight trail use is generally lighter and seems to be mostly the die hard fitness types be it on roller blades, bikes or joggers. There was a few dog walkers but not the usual log jams one finds on the weekends when I normally cruise the bike paths. As I was nearing the end of my ride the clouds cleared out to the west and let the sun shine for a bit before it set. I captured this image of a marsh along the trail with the setting sun at my back. In the foreground is an old telegraph pole with it's insulators and copper wires long since gone.