It sucked, we had a 15-18 mph wind against us for 35 miles which also happened to be the only challenging hills to climb. We pushed one foot after the other all morning, and must have turned the 2nd slowest metric I have done. The way back was pretty cool, the wind was quartering behind and pushing all the way, which was predominately downhill. But we were spent, so the return was not as much fun as it could have been.
But on the ride back Paul was asking me what I had done for food, since I didn't eat at our rest stop. I have gotten in the habit of carrying cookies. Not just any cookies, these are more like a trail mix glued together by an organic peanut butter/chocolate chip cookie dough. I even beef up the protein level with extra egg whites in the batter. When I'm done, they come out to something like 400-500 calories and make Cliff Bars look like marshmallow cream. Eating one of those every couple hours on a long ride will keep you full and you cannot bonk.
There's a picture of the ugly little darlings. The recipe is not mine, I get it from the King Arthur Flour website. The other stuff sitting there is , more or less, my recipe for an "after" drink. There are all sorts of really expensive "energy" drinks developed for all times of the day and every kind of activity.
Years ago, hanging out in the gym, I learned a simple protein recovery recipe using stuff that is normally in the house. I blend a cup of yogurt, with 1/2 cup of eggwhites, 1 cup of non-fat dry milk, and one cup of regular milk (either low or non-fat). That makes a refreshing milk shake with a little fruit flavor from the yogurt. It's extremely high protein and helps take the edge off that post ride urge to binge on pizza and beer.