Time for the 400km brevet, third qualifier for Paris-Brest-Paris ! Christophe and I went up to San Luis Obispo for this ride.
The brevet route was going from San Luis Obispo to the Pinnacles national monument, taking small roads and highways with absolutely no traffic. The road was great, the food provided was great, so this sounds like a good ride... unfortunately, on the way back the weather changed to heavy rain and strong headwinds. My speed quickly dropped to a turtle's pace, and it took forever to cover the 126 miles of the trip back to San Luis Obispo. Wet, tired, sleepy, I finally arrived at 5am, after 23 hours and 253 miles.
The best satisfaction of the day happened at the end of a short but very steep climb: I saw a double finisher of the Furnace Creek 508 ride, walking his bike up the hill, while I was still on my bike ! (Furnace Creek 508 is the most difficult bike event in California, riders are racing on a hilly 508 miles loop)