But first some background.
These rides are timed. One of the times is the recommended time to reach each rest area. If you are too fast (n/a for me) the cyclist outpaces support. If too slow the support vehicle can't get to its next stop in time to support the fastest riders. The second time is the pace needed to finish the distance in the allotted time which is in this case running out of daylight. This is the "drop dead time" and if you arrive after this time you are carried forward in the SAG truck.
Chris and I arriving at the SAG
We arrived at the checkpoint at 11:52 with the drop dead time 12:00. So we had a choice and we took a ride. We rode the SAG truck to lunch, 27 miles down the road, 3,000 feet of climbs and past the highest point on the Skyline Drive.
Made the ride sweet. Total ride 89 miles, 7910 ft climb, and 7 hrs and 41 minutes on the bike.
Tomorrow we leave the mountains and head into Pennsylvania.