Thanks for all the inputs…
It seems than consensus is: there is not a consensus!
In any case…
Safety is a huge consideration for me (and one of the reasons i wanted a smart indoor trainer). Im fortunate that i live in an area where cycling is OK. Not super safe, but i can get to safe areas quickly enough.
Social is also very important. When i ride out, i try to go with a friend. We are very close in fitness so we share the road. Its a nice fun thing to do and its different than all the series watching ive been doing while on the trainer.
The other consideration is that i can ride longer on the road. I am aware the trainer is by far more efficient, and than the best use of my time would be on the trainer.
But there is something special (mentally) when you do a 50 mile ride outdoor. I live near the the ocean in Florida, and i ride on a road with a view of the water. In the morning is very calming and relaxing.
So i guess my take away is: If i my friend can go, then Ill ride out this weekend. If he can’t then ill wake up little later and ride indoor.