,I bet you have done an "out and back route." Remember going to a trail and following it out a ways and turning around to retrace your steps back to the car?
This spring I came up with a new twist on the out and back route to provide variety when basically cycling streets repeatedly. I called this route a "snake." How does it work? I would start a ride and, without a fixed path to follow or a destination, make it up as I go. I would remember my path, so I could later retrace my path to get home. Once I get to a random point I decide to reverse my course.
I later added some challenges such as making no dead ends or loops. I also did one with only right turns going out. If I wanted to ride two hours, I could turnaround after the hour. Below is an example of one of my rides that took me over 30 miles!
Oops! I see that I created a dead end and a loop. No big deal. I was able to have a fun ride that last 2 hours and 40 minutes and I was only a couple of miles from home at the furthest point. I find that this gives me a feeling of variety.
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Pacific Coast Highway