Cycling Date: Tuesday 08-July-14
Mileage: 57 miles
Weather: Mid 60s to start. Upper 70s to end. Not a cloud in the sky. Strong winds out of the NNW. Everybody rode with a slight lean to the left.
Highlights of the day:
Another nice riding recovery day. Only 57 miles. Not too much climbing. Beautiful weather. It all added up to another great day to be on the bicycle. Hey, I said that last year!
The route wound its way through Rapid City before working its way on to a service road of I-90. This and subsequent roads gave a little intro to the rollers of South Dakota. These are not very long or steep climbs but hills that come one after another and eventually add up to some work. The vista has changed since we’ve come out of the Black Hills. The tall pines are gone along with the black rock. The horizon has opened waaaaay up. Grass and farmland for as far as the eye can see.
The two lane highway ended and so we took a quick left into the wind and then right onto I-90, the last interstate we’ll use on this tour. Today we traveled on it just under 20 miles into Wall. We’ll travel one more mile on I-90 first thing tomorrow and then we are done. While the riders have become accustomed to cycling on the interstate, I don’t imagine many of them will be saddened to say their last goodbyes tomorrow morning.
We have another long ride tomorrow, 117 miles. Weather continues to look quite favorable. For now, we’ll enjoy the Laundromat, Dairy Queen, and Wall Drug. Have you dug Wall Drug??