There's a story here, and perhaps it's best shared just by pasting the brief story I included when sharing the shot on Facebook:
"So I have this thing...I never let anyone look at photos on my camera before I get home and cull the unflattering ones; I want to be sure people know, when my lens is pointing in their direction, they'll be happy with the results. So, my apologies to the adorable victim here, but I'm going to share this.
It was one of the rest stops. I was scanning the group for a subject when I saw a gal sheepishly looking around as she thrust her hand down the front of her pants. Well, I thought, I have no idea what the hell is going on, but I think I'll capture this moment. I brought up my camera just as she noticed me watching, and we both burst out laughing. And I took my shots.
And now that I've shared this overwhelming experience with the R2S team, I see how symbolic this photo is. A rider single-minded in her mission to accomplish too many tasks in too little time before she must be back on her bike: a lightning-fast pee break, change layers, address that issue on her bike, fill up her water bottles, grab some carbs and frantically chew them while simultaneously shoving a handful of chamois butter down her pants. And she's still able to laugh about it all.
That indomitable spirit was a feature throughout the day, even when conditions were nightmarish. There was laughter. Mutual support and encouragement. Vicki's bullhorn bathing the team with over 20 hours of non-stop love and support. Volunteers scurrying from one stop to the next to accomplish any of a thousand tasks that had to be completed in too little time.
But it all got done, and right now, one beautiful and determined spirit with her mouth-is-full smile and a handful of chamois butter down her pants says it all: there's nothing this team can't accomplish."