I did it!! I rode the Strawberry Century on Saturday. The route took me from the town of Lebanon, OR through the foothills of the Cascades and up around Foster Lake and back down to Lebanon. 54.4 miles in all. It went really well. The weather was great; around 50 when I started and only 64 when I finished. I rode with a friend. Kept an easy pace..around 15 mph for most of it. It was well supported with well stocked SAG stops at about 10/25/40 miles. The hills were hard but do-able. There was a good brisk wind to ride into the last half. The wind kept the flat stretches a little harder than they should have been. The last 10 miles my neck was sore from the angle; my butt was talking to me; my thighs were aching and wanting to cramp; my knees were talking to me...BUT IT WAS GREAT!!
I kept drinking water as I was riding..and gaterade at the stops..plus munching some of the goodies (banannas, PB & J sandwiches, potatoe chips)
All in all an excellent day! I'm planning to ride the Covered Bridge ride this August in Linn County. (I'm planning on doing the 68 mile ride..a little further than a metric century) It should be another good day. It'll be a lot hotter I'm guessing.