As part of the deal, I rode my bike to work. It was a nice ride - hard at first, though. My route took me over the hills first, so I had two mean climbs within the first 6 miles. But after that it was pretty easy going. The total distance was 17.5 miles and I managed that in under 90 minutes – no mean feat – all things considered.
Didn't manage to ride home, though. Inclement weather postponed my return trip and I got a ride. On Friday, when the weather improves I will be dropped off at work and ride home. Different route and I'll have more to tell then.