Yesterday, I did my "Ride My Age" challenge. Today I am doing my "feel my age" aftermath! I think next year, I'm going to dump the American Imperial System, and totally go METRIC! I took a somewhat safe choice for my route this time, just going on the Goshen and Schoolhouse trails. If I went to St. Louis, I was afraid that the gates of the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge would be closed, and I'd have to call someon for the Pickup Of Shame. I started off a bit later than I planned due to printer installation issues for a friend, but not much later. My first stop came after I realized I needed some help down below, if I were to finish the ride without regretting it later, so stop at the bike shop and blow $25 on "DZ-Nuts Pro" chamois cream. Glop-Glop, Swish-Swish, oh what a relief it is! After this, it's just smooth sailing on mostly flat and half shaded bike trails, with occasional stops at parks for a potty break (thank goodness the restrooms are open again) and to eat some peanut-butter/chocolate-chip-cookie sandwiches. I was planning to stop and eat at the Culver's in Collinsville, but when I stopped there on the return leg, it was closed to indoor dining. That suxxored muchly, but I still had two cookies and some peanut butter, so I just kept going while eating my bitter disappointment. At the further end of the Goshen Trail, there's an exit that takes one right into the parking lot with a craft beer establishment, a SugarFire BBQ, and the place I actually went to; the Chicken Salad Chick restaurant. Three guesses what their specialty is... I had the Barbie-Q Chicken Salad sandwich on Croissant and cup of loaded potato soup, which came with a complimentary pickle spear and buttercream frosted cookie. Then it was back on the trail and the final stretch to get back home. I did stop at the Aldis near my house to stock up on soup, but then it was straight home. I had left at 10:00 am, and got back at a little after 5:00 pm. Since I took enough sports-drink-water and sugary snackage with me, I got back home without cramping or bonking. But boy did I feel like a limp noodle when I woke up this morning! There wasn't anything of note to take pics of during the trip, and my phone was in a sandwich baggie to keep out moisture... aka, my own sweat... so taking it out for pics was too much hassle. Just imagine half "trail + trees" and half "trail + fields" with a bit of "trail + city", and you will have imagined my entire trip. I made a list of all the Cities I passed through on my trip, in order: Wood River Edwardsville Glen Carbon Troy Maryville Collinsville Granite City (maybe) Pontoon Beach Madison Edwardsville and Glen Carbon had the best parks, I think. And with that, my report on my non-adventure is complete. Next year, metric. Kilometers for the win!