|Rene, Myself and Ray before the event|
|It is hammer time|
|I started smiling 70 miles into the event|
and shared a laugh or two with Ray.
|Getting Hammer Fizz, the day would never get warm mile 86.1|
|Ray cycles past cowboy boots on a fence open roads nice and quiet|
|We soon passed Los Osos and on to the lunch stop|
|here I am with Ray at mile 141 I wanted to call it a day as I did not want to cycle 25 miles into a head wind ....|
The darkness came quickly and we only had 29 miles left to pedal, it was cold and the road at Colins Market near Los Alamos was full of pot holes but we survived, we made our way onto Aliso Canyon Road on to Foxen road, my feet were cramping badly so stopped to spray Kool n Fit and take anti fatigue caps and endurolytes, we continued and some how we missed the turn off to Ballard Canyon Road with only 7 miles to go we were heading in the wrong direction and we kept on cycling in the eerie darkness for many miles until we finally stopped and wondered why we were not near the turn off and realized we had done over 200 miles, this was not good we were terribly lost and would finally end up with 220 miles in total miles as Ray and I also took a wrong turn earlier in the day too! with 15 hours and 44 mins out on the bike it would put us past the 10pm cut off by 15 minutes we would be un official!
The out come was 15 hours 44 mins including rest stops, 220 miles in total and we would not be credited the double century! but we had had a hell of a ride and never quit when the wind became problematic, I need to get a head light on my helmet so I can see the miles on the computer and see the course map, it was easy to get lost in the night as it was total darkness and we were getting a little tired.
Foxen Canyon Road had been really dark and quiet with Owls flying across the road and a Cheshire cat moon and lots of stars in the sky.....but only a few cyclists took the wrong turn!!
We returned out numbers to the Check in and were tired so decided to go back to the hotel and stay the night before leaving in the morning.
|New friends, there is always a chance to make New cycling buddies|
|The morning after time for a good breakfast|
|Ostriches in Solvang!|
Thanks to Polar I counted 7,000 calories I could afford a really nice breakfast and head home to see my husband AL and my little dog Hammer.