I've established a solid base of 500 miles/month and have done several rides in the 65-95 mile length.
Tomorrow, I'll participate in the Burnham Plan Century: http://burnhamplan100.uchicago.edu/events/id/956
"Burnham Plan Century: Make No Little Rides
Saturday, June 6, 2009 9:00am to 7:00pm
The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, along with the Calumet Citizens for Connecting Communities, are collaborating to host a 100-mile bicycle ride from Lake Forest, Illinois to Michigan City, Indiana. The event, dubbed the Burnham Plan Century: Make No Little Rides, is scheduled to take place on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6th.
The ride is in honor of Daniel Burnham's visionary 1909 Plan of Chicago, and aims to celebrate the plan's centennial anniversary by highlighting 10 major off-road trail facilities along the 100-mile route. Another goal of the ride is to raise awareness of the need to link these facilities together since most will not directly connect. Where gaps exist, event participants will be routed along bicycle-friendly roadways with good pavement and low traffic volumes.
The ride will leave Lake Forest at 9 AM, and arrive in Michigan City by 7 PM CST traversing through 18 Illinois and Indiana communities.. The midpoint of the ride will be Lansing, Illinois".
So, my first century is an trip through scenic industrial NE Illinois & NW Indiana. Yikes! I'm glad it's during daylight and that I won't be traveling alone!
Well the bike & gear are ready;