Cycling Date: Saturday 12-July-14
Mileage: 72 miles
Weather: Low 70s to start. Mid 70s to end. Humid. A few drops of rain here or there but mostly dry. Winds out of the NNE. Light.
Highlights of the day:
The radar showed strong thunderstorms to the north and south of us. Our route was a corridor between the two cells. We did have a couple light smatterings of rain but not really enough to get wet. I don’t know how it worked out this way but we managed to skirt the 50% chance of thundershowers. Karen says it’s because she, Jim, and I were riding. Not so sure about that but I’ll take it!
The route was through farm country. Corn and soybean fields. Sometimes just corn. Sometimes just soybeans. Sometimes corn to the left and soybeans to the right. Sometimes soybeans to the left and corn to the right. We did spy at least one pig farm and lots of obligatory cows. So there is some variety. In a rural-y, two crop-y kinda way.
Our SAG stop was in the town of Canistota. The whole town comes out for three days of fun, including a carnival, parade, street sports, mud races, street dance, fireworks, golf tournament, beanbag tournament, kiddie tractor pull, baseball & softball games, and bingo. It’s quite the event. Every year we come through just in time for the kiddie tractor pull. Little kids from 3 and up try to pull a sled with weights using various pedal power “tractors”. It’s serious competition. Everyone is a winner and everyone gets a ribbon.
From the SAG on in, we were on State Highway 42. It was time to ride the South Dakota rollers one last time. A bit more work but they were miles leading the riders into Sioux Falls and another rest day. Hard to believe but we’re up to our third rest day. Again, well earned after eight consecutive days in the saddle.
Tonight we’ll say goodbye to two riders who have been with us since Astoria. We’ll miss you ladies! Tomorrow we greet one new rider. It all goes so darned fast out here. We’ll be dipping wheels in the Atlantic before we know it.