So yesterday. It seems like such a long time ago! Here are some pictures:

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Today I rode for Susan Wiley. She is a friend of my little sister’s field hockey teammate. She’s currently fighting cancer like a boss and we’re fighting for her too!

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We had the option of an 85 mile day, or a 99 mile day that rides down the coast and along the beach. We decided to make it a century! We started it off by getting lost within the first two miles. The weather was beautiful in the morning, sunny and 70 degrees, so we really didn’t mind. Plus it was FLAT. There were four hills. Exactly four. It was pretty uneventful until mile 37 when we reached the Gulf of Mexico!

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This is South Walton beach. The sand was white and the water was warm and clear. Little fish would swim around your at your feet while you were wading knee deep about 30 yards out. It was amazing. We decided we didn’t care if we got to the host at dark, so we ditched the vans and hung out at the beach for an hour or so.

We had to move on eventually and Allison got a flat right outside YOLO bike and board shop:

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It was a really cool place with a super nice owner and we got free stickers! Allison also learned to ride with no hands long enough for me to snap a picture:

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Way to go Allison! Ride groups got a little messed up today. I started with Eric, Aaron, Allison, and Taylor. Here we are at the first sight of water:

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Later on, we rode as the group of eight pictured on the beach above. Then when a nasty headwind developed and the road turned sketchy due to construction, our group of eight split up. I ended up with Max, Eric, and Aaron. We killed it! We made a paceline through the headwind for the last 40 miles. We were cruising at 15-20 mph the whole time which is really fast through a headwind. For those who don’t know, a paceline is where the riders ride in a straight line really close to each other. The front rider has to work really hard to cut through the wind, and the other riders get to easily draft behind. Then you switch the front rider every couple miles so everyone takes turns cutting through the wind.

We saw this massive boat party and it reminded me of home on the Chesapeake bay:

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We made it to the host after 107 miles and 12 hours. We took a lot of breaks including at the beach, two free appetizers at Tommy Bahama Cafe, free lunch at Chickfila, and a 40 minute flat tire change. (I took a nap!) Since there’s no internet here I’ll have to post the GPS link later. Edit: It is now later.Β http://connect.garmin.com/activity/527994491

We arrived at the host around 7 pm. We are staying at Warrington United Methodist Church in Pensacola, FL. Dinner was already cold and we missed our chance for showers because my group got there so late. We didn’t care. We found a hose and had a soap and swimsuit party! Then we ate cold barbecue and (those who could) had a beer after a long day.

Today we’re resting and going to the beach! I’ll make another post for that tonight. In the meantime comment on this one and please excuse me for not posting it last night!

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