Cycling Date: Sunday 05-July-14
Mileage: 93 miles
Weather: Sunny and 60s to start. Sunny and low 90s to end. Winds were shifty and not necessarily in our favor.
Highlights of the day:
The riders enjoyed a very pleasant tailwind to start the day. The result, 45 very quick miles before our first turn of the day towards the South Dakota state line. Nothing is free so after providing a welcome push it changed to a cross wind and eventually built to a substantial headwind for the last miles into the hotel
The plains of Wyoming segued into grasslands as we entered South Dakota. The hills are taking on a much greener color without any apparent assistance of irrigation. It’s a marked difference from what we saw across Idaho and Wyoming. Speaking of South Dakota, we crossed our third state line into our fourth state of the tour. Lots of state line photos. Celebrations ensued and adults of a wide range of ages gathered right around 12-14 years old. :)
The approach to the Black Hills brought trees back into the mix. They’re the first we’ve seen in awhile, aside from the sturdy few we saw standing out in the middle of a field. I often wonder just how and why they get there. Stubbornness? Birds?
The route started at the top of a plateau or at least something I’m calling a plateau. Suffice it to say it was a relatively flat and high. After ~ mile 10, the route generally went down hill all the way to the second SAG stop at mile 68 – dropping approximately 2200’. The riders seemed ok with this. But as I said previously all is not free. After fueling at the Fresh Start Café & Store, it was uphill for 4 miles, a respite for about 5 miles and then one last mile long climb. The route ended on a fast, non-technical downhill that led into town and directly to the Dairy Queen. ICE CREAM!!