I finished just in time to meet my friend Georganne for lunch. We had a nice visit, meal, catchup bull session (about both business and personal stuff). Then I busted a move back to Jeff City in time to go for another crazy ass windy ride. I managed to clip in, ride, clip out twice (just to see if I could), ride and clip out at the end (almost fell the last time as I wasn't paying enough attention trying to look at my watch to see how long it took me and open the garage door at the same time - oops). Knocked out 7.7 miles in 36 min give or take so I slightly improved my average speed (though I didn't do the hills in the middle of the ride like I normally do, but was fighting the insane 20 mph winds). I did totally space taking water and was super thirsty when I got back!
Might go again depending on what homework needs to be supervised. But I was ecstatic about my "first" ride with all my gear. I'll try to snap a pic soon, but here are the two big purchases (photos lifted from Bontrager site):