As I was standing in line to sign in, a woman asked if the route was marked. Poobah pointed to the ground and I looked, but saw nothing but asphalt. I stood to the side, saw nothing, dropped to all fours and yes, there was a dark green mark. Hmmmm, naturally I assumed the best and concluded Poobah, wanted to challenge us. After a season of following road markings that contrast starkly with black pavement, Poobah used a very dark green paint that blended in nicely with the road. Very creative I thought but don't think others shared my optimistic conclusion.
.....pumped up the new tube. My main concern was getting the psi high enough so that it could withstand the pressure to which it was about to be subjected. At 150psi I was too exhausted to continue and hoped the tire would hold. During the down time, many of us were scanning the map and I commented, "Nice map" to no one in particular. Karen R noted it would have been helpful if the road names were on the map. Hmmmmm, I concluded Poobah had thrown another challenge at us by giving us a map with a highlighted route but no road names. Probably he thought we knew the area so well, road names were not needed or it would promote on the run, group discussion and decision making. I don't think too many shared my opinion.
Leaving Bremen, we got on to a flatish road through a valley and enjoyed that a lot. Soon, all the hills the route had avoided could no longer be avoided and we got onto the Bauman climb and others before finishing with 67 miles and 3000' of climbing. Nice route and I for one appreciated Poobah's effort at mixing up the usual routine of huge well marked maps and bright road markings. However, the best part of the day was discovering that the advertised 100 mile route had been reduced to 67. It don't get no better than that.