My son and I rode the one day STP and we had a great time. Although we had issues with our tandem's front and rear wheels [broke two spokes the last 30 miles at the rear] we had no problems. The support staff was great at every stop and they made the ride fun. We made the first 100 miles with a average speed of 18.6 mph. Not bad considering that our fastest average speed on any ride [and distance] is 16.8 mph. The riders were all polite even though we had our South Park Jerseys that said 'you guys suck' on the back. We passed many riders at +45 mph going down hills but they just passed us up while going 6 mph going up the hills. My son has autism and he does not do well with schedule changes. He did great with our wheel issues and even though he was fussing about the hills and the pain he had, he never ever wanted to stop. He was certain he did not want to do this ride in two days. My wife was present at all the rest areas and we certainly could not have done the ride without her. She carried the extra wheels and supplies that we could not have carried. I was sleeping in our trailer at our campsite near Mossyrock when I heard the rain fall at about 6:30AM on Sunday. I am glad we did do it in one day. This is our first STP and now my daughter wants to try it next year. Right now I am not looking forward to doing the ride again but with an 80lb less rider that is more fit that might be something to look forward to.
Thanks for everyone that supported the ride and made it a day to remember!