To go on with memories of Tour de Cure: a co-worker very kindly provided me with transportation to and from the venue. The route I had signed up to ride officially began at 7:30 am, but the check-in time of 6:30 am was too early for my friend. So I didn't get to begin my ride until more like 8:30.
I don't know whether the 100-mile and 50-mile groups got sent off by the National Anthem; but they played it just before I got going. Since it was overcast, I used my headlight, tail light, and red helmet blinkie.
Having gotten started much later than the official start time, I was riding solo much of the time. I'm glad there were signs along the route, or I might well have gotten lost. That area is not familiar to me.
Sometimes I wish I could go over there with the Tour de Cure cue sheet and another cyclist who doesn't mind a really leisurely pace, with a lot of stop-and-go, and work on figuring out how to follow a cue sheet.
For that matter, the 50- and 100-mile routes had some changes made to them. Recent heavy rains and subsequent flooding had caused road closures in some areas, thus the 50-mile route wound up being 53 miles.
My roll time was 3:57:20. Total time was 4:33:45. And now I'm thinking about a century ride: 100 miles in a day. I'd probably do it in September or October, but in about two weeks I'll need to start working towards it. Now if I can just figure out that Garmin...