Hello new female member from Australia! That's great that you went out so soon after getting your license! It's a very satisfying feeling. The ride I took after I got mine was like 2 weeks after - was SO not ready! woo. I've been riding for two years now and am a much better rider! phew! I just went on a ride this weekend, though, and ended up WAAAY over my head. The guy I rode with did not intend for it to get so gnarly - the road was marked as a maintained gravel type road up in Vermont but I think after Hurricane Irene last year, a lot of those roads got pretty beat up. I was SO scared oh my gosh! I think my boyfriend said it would have been a class 4 road - washed out, ruts, huge rocks. But I made it and so did the bike! The guy felt so bad - he kept apologizing but he was great. He picked the bike up for me twice, moved it to where I could get back on and was very encouraging.