SBP, do you include the Sherman Bridge loop ever in your travels?
Mastershake, I'm glad you are taking on food and drink on your travels. I try to eat a gel after 20/25 miles of riding and keep those fluids going in constantly. Are you eating (and drinking) well within that first hour after your rides as well? How you treat your body on Day #1 will certainly affect how it performs on Day #2.
I'm eyeing JM's music schedule (thank you for letting us know). A road trip is definitely in order!