Charlie and Jim did 15 miles in 90 minutes on the D & R Canal in central Jersey, ending up at Lake Carnegie.
I should note that---while these rides are a lot of fun, have played a huge role in allaying some of Charlie's big-time behavior troubles, and, as far as we can tell, seem to give him a tremendous feeling of accomplishment---the rides (as Jim notes to me) are not 100% peaceful-easy-feelingness and glorious glory in the pure joy of motion. Charlie has vocalized his discomfort and even distress (usually by repeatedly saying things like 'Barney video'---he often calls for things that once comforted him and that he no longer has when he's feeling anxious) quite loudly. There are other riders, walkers, etc. on the trails and they're not (by their facial expressions and bodily movements) exactly peaceful-easy-feeling on encountering my boys. Jim has also noted that things like 'bike jettisoned into canal' or 'boy making a beeline off the path and into traffic' are never out of the possibility.
Maintaining the peaceful-easy-feelingness while a-bikes requires as much spiritual discipline as in any moment anywhere with Charlie. There is the advantage that Charlie is already in the midst of getting aerobic exercise, which has (we have proof!) become a known factor in helping him to stay calm and carry on.
Of course, there are inevitable disadvantages when one is a-bike in unfamiliar territory, amid strangers, and by a body of water, and a mossy and buggy one at that. Hot weather and strong sunshine can of course contribute to discomfort for anyone.
Anyways, all's well that ends well. No bikes got tossed anywhere they shouldn't have been. When one goes 'aut,' one has to deal with what one encounters. Monday I had the chance for a little nostalgia trip as, en route to our pre-arranged meeting point at the river and Alexander Road, I passed through my alma mater, where I could see preparations underway to welcome the class of 2014.
And most of all, a very fine ride was completed by Jim and Charlie, a-bike and out, aut, in the world.