The BF left at 7am and 5 minutes later, I realized that my prescription glasses and Power Gel were locked in his car. I thought all was lost.
Jumping ahead: I didn't think I could bike without my glasses but I managed, mostly by looking at the pavement for most of the ride. And luckily nothing flew into my eyes.
Not 10 minutes after The BF left, I met a man while waiting for Miss P to arrive. He said, "Hello, I don't suppose you are waiting for me?" Oh oh, I forced myself to behave. At 7:30am, Miss P arrived to save the day with 3 types of gel for me to choose from; I wasn't sure that I could make it to the first rest stop at mile 19 on an empty stomach. I tell you at that very moment, I thought, wow, I am so fortunate, what a friend!
Once again, the ride, relentless with its climbs, all doable but over time, exhausting and a test of endurance, proved to be spectacular, with the green hills, the sweeping views of SF and the East Bay. It was fun to watch Miss P. fly by other cyclists on descents. She probably hit a speed in excess of 40+ mph.
My stats were very similar to last year's.
Just the Stats:
11.4 avg mph
33.5 mph descent
6 hr 35 min.