As we pedalled north the wind increased in intensity. At about mile 30 Valerie dropped off and I was out there solo, fighting the wind. It was hard to maintain speed--if I let up on the pedals, my speed dropped off to nothing. It got worse from the 40 mile SAG to the turn at 60.2 miles. I was pretty spent by then.... I said to Cheryl at the SAG that maybe I would wait for the group behind me, but she said they were WAY behind, so I carried on. We turned east at 60.2 miles and it was a relief to have a strong crosswind in place of the wicked headwind! We were out off the delta by then and into the hills. We traveled east for 5 miles before turning north again. By the time we turned north again, the wind had died down some, and the hills were more fun.
I chilled in the room for a while, took a shower, and called my family. At about 6:20 I went downstairs to meet the group for dinner. I shared a couch with Lea (from Australia) and Carolyn (from Vermont), who both also finished today's hard ride.