Wow, what a nice day. The weather guys predicted mostly cloudy with some rain showers, instead it was lightly cloudy with very little wind. I was feeling pretty good, but didnít feel like riding with anyone, so I left the parking lot at a good pace (18-20ish). About 2 miles into the ride I needed to pee. I passed a big group and picked up my pace a bit and was able to create a pretty big gap. As I was closing on the next group, I decided to pull off and hit a patch of bushes. Good thing I did too, because it was the last group of bushes for literally miles in any direction. The group behind me didnít pass before I finished. I caught and passed that group that was in front of me before I stopped and shortly after that the number of riders really went down. There were a few people at the first SAG, but I didnít stop. After the SAG I couldnít see anyone in either direction.
I turned onto a road way out on the Indian reservation somewhere (about Ĺ to ĺ miles before the 2d SAG) and saw someone out in front of me. There was also a pack of dogs sitting by the road that the guy up the road had just gotten warmed up for their run with me! About 100 feet from them, they started running towards me, which turned out to be a good thing, because they had to reverse direction when I went by which bought me some critical time. There were two pit bulls (one of them got the closest), a golden retriever mix and a few other mixed dogs and they all gave chase. I got a REALLY good sprint workout there! Anyway, I was able to escape unharmed. I did stop at the 2d SAG and filled a bottle. I chatted with the guy working the stop for a few minutes. He said I was the 5th rider through at that point.
I passed one other rider on the way to Casa Grande, but
it was pretty uneventful the rest of the way in. I had a quick lunch and
started back, still feeling pretty good. There was someone out in front
of me the last 30 or so miles and I couldnít catch him. I tried a couple
times, but he stayed away. About the only thing my trying to catch up to
him did was put me back in a position where those damn dogs were riled
up again by the time I went by them on the return trip. This time they
werenít waiting on the road. They came up from both sides of the road as
I went by (they must have decided to lay down and rest for a minute
after chasing cyclists all day). I didnít stop at either SAG on the way
back. Someone jumped on my wheel after the last SAG, pulled once then
promptly dropped off. About 6 or 7 miles from the finish I cut my effort
back and just noodled my way to the finish. The guy whole jumped on my
wheel caught me, but I told him I was just going to do some easy
spinning the rest of the way in. Finished in 5 hours 25 minutes, faster
than I should have (again), but there wasnít any wind (other than the
head wind I was creating), so I stayed z2-3 most of the ride. I did go
z4 by those dogs and when I was trying to catch that guy on the way
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