A Sunday afternoon bike ride to U.S. Joint Base MDL

While Saturday was pretty overcast (and threatened rain), Sunday was beautiful. I made some time for myself, got on the bike, and decided to challenge myself to find out how far I could go. Along the way heading south, I decided to veer southeast, and try to make it to the outskirts of Joint Base MDL (used to be Fort Dix – McGuire AFB – Lakehurst Naval Base.) Now it was far, and I had a single bottle of water. However, I persevered, and 22 miles later, I made it all the way to  the Wrightstown Gate entrance. I couldn’t believe it.

[BTW, the town of Wrightstown ain’t so pretty.]

Before I started my return trip, I stopped at a nearby Wawa for a quick snack, a Diet Coke (naturally), and two large fresh bottles of water. Around mile 24 or 25, I realized how far I really was from home, and started to wonder if I had bitten off more than I could chew. It’s been a long time since I’d ridden 40+ miles in one day. However, I’ve never shied away from a challenge, and besides, what choice did I have at this point? I pedaled around 14 MPH instead, kept it slow and steady, and made it home in slightly under 3 hours total ride time.

Reached a new milestone. Burned over 2200 calories. I’d call that a win.

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