We had easy and fast riding for the first 50 or so miles, but after that our friend the wind showed up and slowed us down. It's not only that it slows us down, even with a pulling rotation, but that it makes it difficult to hear and to communicate, and like at home, wind is stressful. We also had a varied shoulder in terms of size and placement of the rumble strip throughout the day - always interesting and keeps you on your toes. Nevertheless, it was a treat to see green fields and trees and we were happy to be riding with our friends Rosy and Jordan. They are both great riders, easy and lovely people to be with and we took turns fighting the wind in a pace line.
As we got into South Dakota, the sky opened up and we had amazing vistas in all directions.
Tonight we are back at a Best Western and having dinner at a bowling alley ... what kind of food do you suppose we're going to get?
Miles - 93
Total Miles - 1555
Elevation Gain - 3015
Next Stop - Rapid City, South Dakota
Link to Mimi's Garmin info
Leaving Lusk - early morning - our views
|Clouds up ahead!|
Later in the morning
|Definitely Big Sky country even if it isn't Montana|
|Mimi and Rosy at the road to nowhere|
|Rosy, Jordan, Mimi, Polly at the state line|
|The antiques entering South Dakota! |
Another new state!
|Moving photo of the road and rumble strip|
- what we see
|Our intrepid leader Mike Munk, |
icing his broken foot at the top
of our biggest climb of the day