Cycling Date: Thursday 09-July-15
Mileage: 84 miles
Weather: Low 60s to start. 80, just 80, to end. Winds light. Mostly out of the SSE
Highlights of the day:
We continue our streak of unseasonably reasonable temperatures in South Dakota. I am NOT complaining about this at all. We had our typical headwind after the right turn at mile 48 but it wasn’t nearly as strong as it tends to be. Again, I am not complaining. To sum it up, no one is really complaining about the weather.
Today’s route had a nice variety – a flat start along the river and three substantial climbs. Along the way we had great views of the Missouri and the opposite shore, plus more rolling prairie. After 25 miles and our first climb of the day, we hit the ½ way mark of our journey. It’s clearly marked and scientifically measured for accuracy. Or perhaps it’s just a crack in the road that happens to be right near the first SAG stop. I’ll let the readers decide. We passed some of the first cornfields of the trip. With the Midwest states in the near future, we will see LOTS more.
The last 12 miles were perhaps the most challenging. The hills weren’t exceptionally steep or terribly long, compared to other climbs we've done this tour, but they were enough to be very noticeable after riding 70+ miles. The downhills were on smooth pavement. Great fun anytime but exceptionally fun after some rougher shoulders over the past two days.
It’s time for our tired, hungry riders to eat up and sleep soon, because tomorrow is another day and the Corn Palace beckons!