Well, I'll go 1st since I only did the 50 miler, and have already got my after ride nap.
Picked up Sdog 34 (Scott) near his house and we carpooled in. Nice young man, but apparently the forgetful type because he had his name all over his bike in big yellow letters. He had a sweet Scott carbon fiber frame that he had built up, and let me tell you, it was one fine looking ride. Got to the parking lot at Northwestern and parked next to the chapter president Psimet, who is apparently stalking me, cause at 0-dark thirty, he and Cylowe were cruising past my house doing the slowroll, obviously worried that I was changing my mind about the whole ride.
Met up with the boys under a nice big tree near the registration table. Seeing as how this is only my 2nd ride with the group I had to re-introduce myself and Scott had to meet everyone. The rollcall as I remember it was: Kimbercop, Sdog34, Psimet, Cylowe, Aham23, Kenal0, jtm, and signal11. Fortunately Kenal0 was in his right mind and brought a camera. So we handed the camera off to a nice lady and asked her to take our pic. ZAfter a few minutes of her trying to figure out which button was the shutter, a new volunteer was picked out and the photo was taken.
At 0715 we rolled out and the Garmin Army was rolling Northward. The pace was nice and we made good time right up to the 1st rest stop about 18 miles in. I resisted the taunting and name calling and stuck to my guns about only doing 50 today as did Scott. Dave bailed on us and went to the darkside, deciding apparently to do the whole thing. Right after the break the course split so Scott and I were on our own for the rest of the ride. We kept a good pace and I really enjoyed looking at the Garmin and seeing all the info coming in to me. We almost missed the 2nd rest stop but found it and refueled.
The rest of the ride was very nice, riding thru some really nice areas. The wind that I was so fearful of, was barely noticable and was really a non factor thanks mostly in part to the fact we rode mostly tree lined roads. About mile #45 I really started to have some difficulties, and my right leg started cramping a little bit. The last couple miles were difficult but I managed to make it, but it wasn't pretty. There is no way I could of done the metric today and I'm glad I chose the 50.
After the finish we just loaded up and left psmimet a present on his car then left. I dropped Scott off, headed home to some mac & cheese with my boys, and a nice shower and a nap. I uploaded my ride info to motionbased and got to look at that for a bit.
Overall, a really good day to ride.