Given my almost continual hotfoot, I moved my cleats back about 4mm. I could shove them all the way back, but I didn't want to shock my system too much at one time.
I planned on first and second breakfast - cereal, fruit, and coffee at home, and then some sausage burritos at the North Plains McDonalds. Ray arrived shortly after I started eating; he also went for the burritos. They are pretty tasty!
Off we went, not more than 5 minutes after our 7:30am start. My head seemed mostly ok...
Past the first info control. Through Banks. Onto the trail. All good until we got into the shade. The sun was very bright, so the light was super contrasty. Hard to tell where the trail was, sometimes. I guess my eyes/head were still not entirely there. That said, it was ok, if not quite the pace I usually keep riding the trail. I sent Ray ahead if I wanted to drink, so I wouldn't have to worry about maintaining balance in close quarters.
The feet seemed ok, so far, anyway.
Before the ride, I had contemplated pulling out the Lemond, but after looking at the odometer on Sweetpea, I realized that a Very Big Milestone would be reached, about 58-59 miles into the ride.
We headed back. Again, on the descent after the summit, the lighting was messing with my eyes, so I didn't fly down the trail with my usual abandon. Plus, by now there were other actual trail users, so I needed to really slow down when a group of riders headed my way.
Ray went on ahead, but I figured I'd see him at the traditional regroup points. Nope. Nope. Nope. I started asking oncoming riders if they'd seen a rider with a blue jersey and silver bike. They were unclear.
I finally popped out of the trees, and was asking one more rider, when I saw a cyclist up ahead, turning back, wearing a blue jersey and riding a silver bike. He was envisioning me crumpled and bleeding on gravel. I was envisioning him off the trail, down a ravine. My, we have active imaginations.
So, after all that, we arrived at the trailhead, and I started checking the odometer.
A few miles before the finish, right at the historic Harrison Cemetery, there it was - 20000 mi. We paused for a photo break and a brief cemetery explore. I knew it was there, but hadn't ever checked it out. Famous Oregon People are buried there!
Then, off to the finish, with 5 minutes to spare.
(date on perm card is incorrect. This retirement thing has me generally fuzzy on day and date...)