I got in a 4 hour ride on the SS today. It was fun to ride. I'm probably not in the best shape right now and it was harder but I don't really think I took any longer to ride my normal loop. Most of the time I climb middle ring, top cog so I definitely had to push a bit harder and the cadence was lower but I think it worked out pretty equally. The BB7's continue to squeal but I like them. I did catch a small tree on the front cable and broke that so I had no front brake for half the ride but it was something I could have fixed if I was so inclined but there was so much hiking right after I broke it that I didn't even bother with it. The pictured are in no particular order.
I rode next to this little stream for about 2 hours and kept stopping to fish. It's maybe 2 feet wide here. Obviously in the summer months it has more flow to it but there were still some fish to be had.