And it was. How else could someone spend 7.5 hours on a 40-50 degree day riding mountain bike? It's ALL about the fun factor -- and friends to play with! I met Ruth for the first time today and her, myself, Donna and Sheena set out from Donna's house for a "fun" little jaunt down the mountain, across the bottom, then back up some Dead Woman's hollow (on Halloween - how appropriate!) to meet up with the Ohioans who were spending a few days in a cabin in Michaux State Forest. That little jaunt coupled with the ride after we met Bill and Esther and crew, ended up being somewhere around 38 miles with a ride time of about 5 hours and 41 minutes. It was wonderful! We laughed, chitted, chatted, giggled at Sheena, talked about long endurance rides (Ruth is the master ultra-endurance rider -- she has a ton of mountain hundies and stage races under her belt), stopped and took a break or two, climbed, cursed the climbs, rode rocks, cursed the baby-heads, and generally had a blast. I can't recall the last time I was in the woods for 7.5 hours. I have to give credit where credit is due -- PERPETUEM SOLIDS. This is the first time I tried a sustained-energy release supplement and it worked like a charm. The solids are new, 30 calories a piece, and you chew 1-4 an hour. I was popping one every 20 minutes and felt strong the entire day. Well, maybe after I popped the last one I was starting to feel a bit lightheaded and hungry (at 7 hours!); but they got me through the majority of the day. And of course friends help to. I'm ready to do it again! Thanks girls.