About a year ago I started riding my mountain bike on the Rock Island Trail. The trail will soon span 35 miles from Toulon to downtown Peoria. I have ridden it to Toulon going North, and to Peoria Heights going South. It is great exercise for me. I have a 1987 Schwinn mountain bike that was handed down to me from my father in-law. Not the latest in lightweight technology but gets the job done for me. I have accumulated several photos on the trail which I post here in my public Rock Island Trail photo album. These were all taken with my smartphones.
I use Cardio Trainer and MyTracks to track and data log my rides. So far my longest single ride was 54 miles. I am up to about 200 miles a month. So far my highest month was August where I rode 246 miles. I also have a Polar Wearlink+ Bluetooth heart rate monitor that integrates with both of these apps (but only one at a time). I figured out I can ride about 2,000 calories worth until I run out of fuel. I started bringing protein bars with me so I can refuel and rest. I also learned to consume plenty of protein before I go. One way I get protein is with Bolthouse Farms protein drinks. These are available in most grocery stores.