Training rides began several months prior to the event. One of them, about 37.5 miles long, saw me set my all-time speed record of 15.3 mph! To this day I wonder how I managed it.
The actual Bike MS was hard because there were some stiff hills, but by then I had built up more strength, and it was a great ride!
The weather on the first day got pretty hot. This, in October! I remember being passed by two or three huge flatbed trucks carrying big pine logs, with the smell of resin wafting behind them.
Riders could spend Saturday night in dormitories in a state park, and that's what I did. There was a shuttle service between the dorms and the area where we got meals and parked our bikes.
On the second day it was misting, and there was a chance of rain. Start time was moved up to 7:30 am, and some of us who were ready took off. There was a lot of cloud cover all day, and some drizzling. It was getting cooler, too.
My cyclocomputer gave me a total of 146 miles over the two days. On the first day, I averaged 12.7 mph; and 13.5 mph on the second day. The exhilaration at crossing the finish line each day made the hard work of hills worth it.
One thing and another has prevented my riding Bike MS again. But maybe some day I can.