This was ideal because:
-It would be longer than 10 miles, insuring I could get in my usual ride.
-It was just off route 30 on the way home.
It took me about 5 minutes to find North Lake Park in Mansfield once I got off route 30. The condition of the area was cause for a bit of concern, including the apparently-burned-out shell of a roller skating coliseum next to the park. Oh well. I parked the car, got out the bike, took a lap around the lake to warm up, and hit the trail.
The trail is paved. Starting from Mansfield, it is delineated in tenths and quarters of miles, and, again in a call for concern, there are emergency call boxes on the trail. Ooookay. Two miles out, the delineations go away, and you have only mileposts numbered from the other end. So do the callboxes.
Anyway, something weird happened. Every mile was both too long, and too short. It seemed like it was taking longer to ride than usual, but I wasn't getting tired. I ended up going the whole 18.4 miles out, making for a 37 mile ride. The only problem is one I've been grappling with for a while: hydration. I had a 20 ounce bottle of diet Sprite before I left. I had 2 more 20 ounce bottles (Diet Dr Pepper and water) when I got to the other end. That was perhaps too long. I had one more bottle of water on the way back. After I got in the car I had 2 bottles of diet orangeade. 100 ounces of liquid was enough, but I made myself somewhat ill by consuming it too quickly. Oh well.
I still feel a bit queasy from it, but at least I nearly caught up from missing Saturday's ride.