Somewhere in here was the section through Fletcher Ranch. It included single track, double track, sand, a rutted grassy bumpy section, and a water crossing. I was dreading it, I’m horrible on single track. But it was actually quite fun, despite being very bumpy! I lucked out and was behind a girl who looked like she knew what she was doing, so I just followed her. I got though all the single track and the water crossing, no walking!
At the third aid station (approx 73 miles) I really took my time, lingering around, but eventually decided the miles were not going to happen on their own and I needed to get back on the bike. There was no shortening the course at this point I was in for the full 105 miles.
Each of the bigger climbs had a sign with the name. The climb up to the last aid station (approx 90 miles) had Corkscrew in the name. I don’t remember the whole name, but did not like the sound of Corkscrew! The climb seemed to go on forever and felt quite steep. Here was the only time I stopped on a climb. My breathing was labored, I had to stop to catch my breath. During my short break a group of pro women flew by. They were doing the Black course (142 miles!). Their encouraging words were enough to get me back on the bike and to the top!