No time for an update: but, I did want to post these new pictures (thanks Matt! Sorry about camera-phone + GU in the jersey pocket "mix-up"... guess that's what happens when you put'cho back intowit ;)
Burn (the BEST energy drink out there - great citrus taste, NO high fructose corn syrup, even a sugar free option) can get you through a ride (I mix it in a water bottle w/ water). It didn't save my legs from Sun burn... but, it got me through some intervals. The cans could also serve as ammo when ambushed by redneck junkyard dogs.