A big pat on the back to John for bringing up an important TRUTH about aging and riding. Being not too far behind John in age and still wanting to ride as much as possible, I need to admit that being off the bike for even a week lessens my riding skills. I find the same with bicycle riding, archery, musical instruments, etc. For almost any skill, practice makes perfect. Those who haven't entered the 60s, 70s, 80s, etc., may not appreciate this discussion as much. In due time, you will be rubber-stamping the initial post. Returning to the bike after a longer spell, I white-knuckle the hand grips for a while. But experience has told me that the same time I get into the groove of feeling too comfortable, bad stuff happens. Oh, well, I guess this riding vice is less dangerous than a lot of other vices...like cliff climbing without ropes, robbing banks, or telling my wife she's way too fat.