It wasn't long before the hills began. They really slowed me down. On top of that, I was trying to keep my heart rate from going into the red zone. Advice for long rides says, don't go anaerobic. As it was, I did most of the ride at lactate threshold.
When I finally reached the official rest stop at mile 34.2, they said I wouldn't make the cut-off time for century riders. The turnaround point was 16-20 miles away, and there was only one hour left to make it. I hadn't been aware of the cut-off, or I would have ridden harder. That might not have been wise, either, though. I might well have "blown up", as cyclists put it.
I could have ridden the miles if I wanted, but the support wouldn't have been there. I didn't have a bicycle lock with me, and couldn't have secured my bike during stops. I couldn't risk that, so I had to switch to the 50-mile route; which turned out to be 45.7 miles.
If only there were a nice, flat century nearby! I think someone said the Seagull Century is flat, but notorious for being windy. Besides, how am I to get myself, my bike, and my "ride stuff" to Maryland? It's too late to register for this year's Seagull, anyhow.