8-5-2010 6 miles and one of the most challenging rides yet. Some significant inclines and hills, streets with higher speed traffic and a very challenging path through the woods. There is no road that goes all the way around the lake but you can get around it in a convoluted way by car and a more "interesting" path by foot or bike.
A lot of picking my way around, back-tracking and some dense overgrowth with big blow downs had me climbing over blow downs that were nearly as tall as me. I had the additional pleasure of lifting my bike over all that at dusk with thousands of hungry mosquitoes making a feast out of me. I would have loved to stop and take a picture of it but it was enough to keep the hungry critters out of my eyes.
I doubt that I would ride all the way around again because the less arduous path takes me on a road that has cars traveling at higher speeds and it is dense with vegetation and tight curves and that makes it hard for drivers speeding around curves to come upon a biker. I'll stick to rides up the south and east shore or to mix it up to the west and north shore.
Photo above was from a brief pause up the north shore. And I guess a ride would not be complete without a little crash. So far, I've not broken anything yet on me or the bike.
This gives me 24.5 for the week - not bad for week two.