I would leave my motel on my Jamis fixed-gear at 6:30am for the one-mile ride to the start. I was contentedly topped up with oatmeal, waffles, and coffee from the breakfast buffet. The Kwik-Stop convenience store served as the start/finish control. After documenting my start I took to the roads at 7am sharp. Despite having reviewed the course on Google Maps within the first few miles things starting going wrong. There was a road closure, which I rode through, after which the street markings became confusing. At about 4 miles I was sure I went off route. After backtracking 1.5 miles I concluded that I was initially headed correctly. Three bonus miles were added in the fiasco. The remainder of the distance to the first control in Gilt Edge was mostly flat, aided by a light tail-wind, and passed without incident. I arrived at the cafe, which specialized in barbecue ribs. Given it was shortly after 9am, and I adhere to a vegetarian diet, I limited my purchase to a coffee. I was quickly underway to the next control in Mason.
|The Gilt Edge Cafe in Gilt Edge, TN|
|Tired of pedaling? Hire the Hillbilly Limozene!|
|Not as tasty as advertised|
|Nyet! I must be lost again!|
|The Elvis Car Museum|