Here is Buttercup's new decal on her top tube. She must have liked it - she did a good job out there on the bike course.
The five gear bags waiting to be packed: Prerace/postrace, Swim/bike transition, Bike special needs, Bike/run transition, Run special needs.
This is what nearly the entire bike course looked like, punctuated by a few ramshackle trailers and lots of "false flats" (gradual long uphill grades). Plus the first fifty miles of energy-sapping headwinds, followed by twenty miles of rough washboard rural two-lane back road without shoulders.
This is the one big bridge which we crossed on the bike course at about Mile 12 and Mile 100. It's bigger and more demanding than it looks - it's high enough for sailboat masts to pass underneath.