At the sign-up, a seminal event in the history of route markings was revealed. Dave, rather than painting mileage markings at the turns denoting a 30, 55 or 77 mile route instead used the lettres "S", "M" and "L" (short, medium & long). This way, if the route maker gets out there and discovers a bad road or other conditions requiring a change to the route, he is not required to find a workaround that yields the mileage markings on the road. Dave calculated the final mileage, printed it on the maps next to the S, M or L. Cyclists could combine a S with a M. a M with a L to create other mileage options. Brilliant. Roy was at the sign-up providing managerial expertise and it appeared he and Dave combined for good sign-up crew.
We headed out on what was a very hilly route with climbs up Savage and Revenge and many other significant climbs. My computer had not taken an overnight charge so I'm unsure of the elevation gain but the route we took was 55 miles.