My gravel companions and I hit pavement at 90 miles, a bit behind schedule. The pavement-only crew was 2 hours ahead and the van couldn’t realistically support both groups the remaining 90 miles home. It was decision time. Hitch a ride to catch up or double-down on the challenge and self-support all the way home. I took a deep breath… pulled up my socks… and soloed the final 90 miles over Trail Ridge and back to town.