So I started out today thinking I would get in about 70-80 miles or so. A good ride, but nothing crazy. Didn't bother to mapquest it or even look at a map really as I knew where to make the turns. Started out in Pasadena - honolulu - La Tuna - Glenoaks - Foothill - Sierra Highway - soledad canyon - something or other to make it out to acton / lancaster area - pearblossom highway - angeles forest - angeles crest. Was at 60 miles at Acton (further than I thought it would be as last time I did it I forgot I started in glendald instead of pasadena), a little more than I planned, but I figured the rest would be downhill as I would come down the crest, makes sense right. Well I had never been that far up the crest and found out it's uphill for quite a ways. Uphill and into a headwind for quite a ways as it turned out. I was already tired from doing a century yesterday and was struggling to go 5mph up a slight incline because the wind was blowing at what must have been 35mph gusts. Then made a wrong turn on Big T instead of just continuing down the angeles forest and ended up a little higher than mount wilson with an extra 15-20 miles or so, during which time I had no idea where I was, just following the road.
One of the slowest rides I think I've ever done and most painful. ~7000 feet of climbing. Add that to the heat and it was a brutal ride, epic but brutal. Finished 8 water bottles I think ( many thanks to the coffee shop who filled them up half way) and ran out of food at mile 80 or 90, thankfully I was almost to the downhill section by then. Never underestimate how big of a difference having the last 15 miles of a ride being downhill. The scary thing was, when I was up in the crest I had no cell service and I was thinking about if I made a wrong turn and went 10 miles or so and hit a dead end and had to climb back out then I would be essentially screwed. Out of food, out of water, out of legs, and stuck in the middle of nowhere. Lesson learned, Plan out the route before you leave. Can't move my legs right now and every time I try to stand up they cramp up.