Instead of sharing in your ironbutt woes tonight (I've actually been very envious for the past couple of weeks, coming to realize this would not be my first group ride) here's how i got over it today.
Went to look at/pick up a '77 vespa p200, ~250 miles south of us. Put new tires on the cage this am, took off, and met Babs............wow, she smells like early childhood memories, most identified with a boat............
Anyway, fell in love, loaded her, Babs rode bitch back to her new home tonight...........
Oh, Ketut who went with me, warns future passengers of our new/used pu truck, there is a steel bar running horizontally to your balls in the middle of the passenger seat, and be careful sliding in too quickly.......you've been warned. Whatever that means.