Whenever I start out on a longer ride than I am used to (today for example), I find it difficult to allocate my total energy available over the entire course. Today was no exception. I started out at about 06:00 with a 10 mile warmup to our meeting spot. Our group of 4 continued on the planned 132 km (83 mile) ride to Ashkelon and back. I was carrying enough water (2 liters on the back and another liter water bottle), however as it turned out, an apparently insufficient amount of food: banana, apple and pear. We made fairly decent time over the first 70 (about 20 miles/h). Then I came to the junction where I split off from the group turning left right into a stiff easterly (my guess is 10-15 mph). This is where my gasket blew. Luckily my family lives on a kibbutz about 9 miles up and up the road against the wind. My pride usually doesn't allow me this luxury but this time I stopped by my Mom's house, who by chance had just taken some freshly baked muffins out of the oven, perfect with blackberry jam which I voraciously consumed along with a cup of ginseng tea. What a godsend mothers can be.