Nice riding Kevin and Sean...
The day started with a plan to start pedaling at 7am, while that did not happen Standing around waiting I was getting cold, as all I had was bib short, jersey top and arm warmers. In the end, I could have used my Barry Roubaix clothing as knees where cold most all the way.
We all rode together (8 or 10 of us total) for the first 17 miles to the first rest stop. The wind at that point was already blowing good, which was coming from the north (headwind). After that, the group started getting spread out, for which we soft-pedaled and even turned around a few time to give people a wheel the hook onto, but where not strong enough to hold it, bear in mind we are still heading north. We stopped and ask what they wanted us to do, which is wait for them or keep going and we will see them at the end. They told us to go ahead, for which we did. Made it to the 40-mile rest stop with about 6 of us together.
Here is where the wind seemed to have picked up between the 40-mile rest stop and the 60-mile. We started out together with the 6 of us and it slowly got broke up again. A major decision was coming up and the was whether to do the 75 mile loop of the full Monty of the 100. Well guess want, we are doing the 100. Now the route has us going east or west, I do not remember and the wind is now a cross wind. We are riding diagonal to shelter each other from the wind, so much so we took the whole lane of the road.
At 60-mile rest stop, it was much better sailing now as we have a tail wind pushing us along the way. Kevin took off before us, as it was just Gary, Brian, and I (teammates). Kevin took off hauling the mail, but was riding by his self. We had a team of three pace lining, but you almost did not need to as the wind was helping. We were moving down the road at 20+ mph and just having a great time. Note I am hardy working as HR is in the 115 – 120 range. We caught Kevin, slowed to give him a wheel to hook onto but we must of took off at are pace we had been doing and dropped the poor guy. Sorry Kevin, as I asked them to slow to wait.
We cruised right on by the last rest stop and no one needed to stop and continued hailing mail for the next 20 miles, only slowing when we had to turn east of so into the cross wind. We rest over avg almost 2 mph on the way back in the fun ride back.
The pasta lunch did hit the spot and was a welcome for sure. Most everyone regrouped in the hall as we all sat together to enjoy the meal and bullshit for a bit. Most of it was bitching about the wind.
Cindy, a female friend of mine, was ready to rock her new bike and gear as the longest ride she has done was 16 miles or so to date, and just got it biking two weeks ago. She did great for the 50 miles she did and would have gone longer had she had a place to be at 2 pm. She did text me to ask when she can do a 100 for which I said any time you would like.