drove up to Durant, OK for the Magnolia Rotary Club bike tour. I think it was their 4th year doing this and bless their hearts, they could use some more help w/ set up. We paid online and I mailed in our waivers about 3 weeks ago. When we got to the school, we were registered, but they made us resign the waivers because "oh, all of our mail got stolen so they probably took your forms too" what?
Ride started at 8am and we were signed up to do the 67 miles. The weather was in the low 80s and just a bit of wind, so I figured we'd be good to go. Rest stops were pretty paltry, homemade oatmeal cookies (which were delicious), bananas, water and maybe protein bars. the second stop was right across from a convenient store so we ran in there and filled our bottles all the way with ice, since they didn't have any available at the tables. and it's a good thing we did. The third stop which was the turn off (67 miles go straight, 41 miles take a left) had 1 banana, and some cookies. they were completely out of water and had no sports drinks at all. some old coot was giving the volunteer the what for, about how poor their planning was, and the danger that it posed in the heat (it was probably close to 90 by now) and they should have been aware of how many riders they had and how many supplies they would need. apparently last year they had about 40 riders and this year close to 100 - so one would think that buying enough waters for everyone to get one would be common sense, but I guess that wasn't that case this time. The roads were good, and the route was well marked, so I wouldn't mind going again next year, but I think I would be hesitant if they don't get their act together.
About 5 miles before that stop, mrbarney ran out of gas. he said his legs were jello, and he was struggling to keep a decent pace. I felt really good, and had really hoped to knock out the full 67 miles, but it was obvious that just finishing 41 was going to be a struggle for him. I told him that if he had had something besides popcorn for dinner the night before (at the movies) maybe he would feel better. the last stop was much better stocked with pickles, water, cookies, etc - so we drank some pickle juice and headed out to finish up the last 7 or 8 miles to the high school. mbarney struggled the whole time and about a mile to the finish the sag truck even went by and asked if he needed a ride in (he refused of course). we made it to the finish - grabbed our bags and got nice warm showers - which was one thing that was done well - then went to get hot dogs that the rotary club was grilling. turns out that's all they had. no chips, no soda, just hot dogs. and some waters.
on our way out of town we filled up the gas tank, and I got some chips, a dr pepper and a milky way and that made me happy. mrbarney just laid back in his seat and felt miserable for the 95 miles home.