We're two weeks into summer in the northern hemisphere, and in the U.S. most of us had a long weekend to celebrate Independence Day. If you've had a nice Cruzbike ride recently, list it here! I got in a couple of pleasant rides with friend Darvin and nephew Eric. On Friday we rode the Root River Trail network from Fountain to Houston, Minnesota. It's an almost flat 42 miles of paved blacktop with one major hill about five miles before Houston. Along the way we stopped for plenty of breaks, bought fruit smoothies in Lanesboro, and rewarded ourselves with sandwiches while waiting for our ride in Houston. A perfect day where it was almost cool in the shade, with a breeze, and very warm in the sun when the breeze died down. On Saturday we rode from my sister-in-laws house in Rochester through town and then on the paved trail to Pine Island, Minnesota. We covered the 21 miles, with stops, in about two hours--averaging 12.9 mph when rolling. That's an hour faster than I rode it ten months ago--real progress! In summary, an almost effortless 100 km weekend, just two years after I couldn't ride two miles without looking for a park bench to rest up. Quite frankly, the Sofrider and I were both ready and eager to go farther. I really like this bike!