FM to tears. We started the 600k on Saturday morning at 0500 and made it to the high point of the ride, Beaumont CA late that night - lots of climbing but some beautiful areas. It was first hotter than hell - over 100F - and then, it turned cold. On the way out of Beaumont, we missed a turn and ended up 20 miles from our control. In SoCal, that's a killer. We went down two routes - one ended up being a dirt bike path and the other was blocked by construction. Imagine, riding like madmen streets trying to find Iowa & University in RIverside? We made it with less than two minutes to spare and then started back to the hotel where we ended the first 400k with a 36 minute cushion. The goal was to have a 5 hr cushion which we would have had w/o the missed turn. The mileage total after 26 hours was 275 miles. I told my partner that we had to watch our time - I suggested that we take the 36 minutes and combine that with 30 min from the next control to give us an hour to regroup, eat, put on fresh clothes and hit the road. He wanted to lay down for 20 minutes. :huh That put us 30 minutes late or effectively, we lost an hour out of the next control. When we finally hit the road, we were making great time on the bike path - 16-20 mph but when we hit the PCH, my partner....died. He couldn't go over 12-14 mph as we made our way towards Huntington Beach, Laguna, etc. We hit the control in Dana Point with three minutes to spare and then he decided he wanted to eat. He was doing 7 mph up the hills - that's where we lost our time. FMTT - I'd dying here - we have to get to the next control in Dana Point and my partner, due to no sleep in the previous 27 hours, can't ride fast enough to make the controls. I took off from DP and thought, maybe I can throw down a challenge and he'll follow me. So, I take off on the PCH at 20 mph and.....nothing. I get to San Clemente and wait for him - and wait...and wait. I finally see him coming down the road and he's doing maybe 12 mph. OK - we have 20 miles to go and one hour to get there - "can you make it?" He responded, "I'm done". That ended our ride - we had 325 miles OR 520 km. The goal was 372 miles or 600 km. As the title states, "close but no cigar". As usual, my glass is half-full. We did 325 miles - was up well over 35 hours w/o sleep - braved a lot of SoCal drivers who did great for the most part - rode some nice bikeways - saw a few drunks and police playing games at 0200 - and learned a lot of lessons. It's all good! We'll attempt another 600k next month in southern Utah and if I can't finish that one, the goal of a 1200 is off the table for 2012. Between now and then, I'll attempt to climb South Mt as much as possible to get stronger on the hills.