You're not seeing things - I am atop a carbon fiber 26" bike with independent suspension & semi-automatic shifter thingys.
Came rolling into the FL parking lot & saw E's car. I glance up to my left - lo & behold, there he is just starting up. I was about dead, but after about 3 seconds of arm-twisting, he talked me into heading back out for another round of abuse. This time, we headed straight up, then dropped down Rooney Valley, up Zorro to DR & back to the lot via the lower traverse. Really felt it, and I still had about 8 miles of pavement to get home. May have hit close to the 40 mile mark, all said & done. That's jumping back in with all 3 feet!
E, you were right, I did absolutely no shoveling dirt after making it home.....tomorrow, I promise.