This is a very old thread, but it fits my topic. I have been on such a strict budget lately that I have been doing a lot of road biking, since I can just start from the house and not use any gas. I can start a mtn. bike ride from the house, too, but it's at least a couple of miles to an actual single track trail. (I'm still doing some hiking, too, of course!)
So, to make it more interesting I'm setting some goals. I've never done a century ride, for example, so that's one goal. So I've been riding up Picnic Hill every morning before work. That's that first big hill as you are going south from Springerville-Eagar toward Nutrioso and Alpine. That daily ride gives me 10 miles r/t. Today (my day off) I rode to Nutrioso and back which gave me 30 miles. (The week before my big ride was 20.) So next week maybe I'll do 40. I have ridden these distances before, but not for awhile, so I'm working back into it. I think the longest ride I've ever done is about 50 miles, though.
Today I saw a big herd of elk by Nelson Reservoir, so my road riding is not without interesting things to see.
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