THanks all for a lovely ride, minus the (in total 4) flats.
Lord knows what it was I hit, but it was big and hard and I heard the explosion and stopped. I then got to feel like a pro as before I could even properly dismount Creamsicle, Scott had my wheel off, and there were tire levers and CO2 cartridges flying through the air as my awesome brethren changed my flat in about 2 minutes. I felt like I was in the pit at a race :) Anyway, as we tried to close the open valve stem, there came explosion number two... something was clearly wrong. THe massive hole in my tube was found, another inserted, and we were off, minus a HR launching episode of me trying to pedal with my rear brake rubbing. Stopped and fixed that, and phew, I can ride my bike! Of course, then by the airport, came flat number 3. Ted once again identified the huge hole in my tube, and then determiend that it had been caused by the huge hole in the sidewall of my tire! That is $65 of brand new beautifull 4000S down the toilet. Anyway, with a third fix, we were on our way. I am incredibly grateful for everyone's magnamity, and I owe Theo and Matt tubes and the rest of you brownies. THings seemed to go ok to Google. I met my sister briefly, used the facilities, and helped myselfe to a gift of odwalla choco protein, adn hit the road. Well, just after Rengsdorf, I could feel another flat. Indeed, I looked down, and I was not totally flat, but almost there. Having no more tubes or ideas, I decided to blow the thing up with my last CO2 cartridge in the hopes it would get me close enough to Palo Alto to deal with the situation. Went to PA Bikes, and apparently, in addition to the hole in the sidewall, the boot that we used had rubbed a hole in the tube, so that had caused the last flat. Since PA bikes sells my beloved 4000s grand prixs for a whopping $70, and since they would have charged me another $10 to put the thing on for me, I bought a $20 piece of shit tire, a tube, and had them put that one on instead. it is the shittiest tire I have ever seen in my life- epically shitty. It got me the rest of the way to work, and will hopefully get me to and from the train tonight, but that puppy is coming off as soon as I get home to decent tires.
Anyway, that was way too much drama, and I have now set a flat record PR at 4 in one ride, BUT other than that, it was lots of fun riding with the bestest guys ever!