The distance thing/ longer in the saddle for sure burns more calories. Looking at getting a gravel bike so can do some longer rides at lower intensity, switch it up a bit. The Fisherman's /Seymour dam lap is a great ride
That's ^^^ a good idea. I've been riding to the trails and then back home [+extra 30kms or so] and jumping on my SS MTB for running errands around town or walking if stuff is close by. I MTB enough that doing some different activities that are lower intensity and less impact on the body is nice. Having a gravel bike should be fun. Enjoy!
My buddy always rides over to me at Seymour from Commercial Drive and then we ride up. I'm always jealous of the extra miles he gets in. I need to start bike commuting to work again.