Mileage: 115 miles
Weather: Low 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Winds out of the NW.
Highlights of the day:
Today we had our 2nd and final completely new route for 2016. New this year, we stayed in Kadoka last night so today we rode from Kadoka to Chamberlain. Seems logical. The route spent a majority of the day on frontage roads along I-90. The terrain was mostly rolling on the 2-lane road with very little traffic.
There was wind again today. It was predominantly favorable. We had lower than usual temperatures again today. We keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. Our luck might be running out with tailwinds. It appears that it’s shifting to SSE. It’s not a headwind. It’s more a front quartering wind. So that’s not too bad. We may need to remind riders of that. As one of the staff says, nothing is free. Here’s hoping that we won’t have to pay back too much for all the amazing weather we’ve had. We have been terribly spoiled. We appreciate it. We don’t take it for granted and we say thank you. Are you listening Mother Nature??
We celebrated our brand new halfway mark at mile 20. As with all other halfway marks on AbB tours, this was clearly marked and scientifically measured for accuracy. Or perhaps it just happens to be a wide spot in the road that is close to the halfway mileage where a van & riders can safely stop to take pictures. I’m not sure… Suffice it to say that many pictures were taken with some hugs and then we were off again.
Somewhere near our first SAG stop we lost an hour. Just like that. Poof! We joked about feeling robbed. On this long day, it certainly felt like it. Riders came in later than usual. Dinner was extended later than usual. Rap was held later than usual and ran longer because of the annual AbB poker results (congrats Murray!) and we had 2 birthdays complete with cake. But we adjusted and now need to convince our bodies & minds to call it a night an hour earlier. I’m not sure that much convincing will be necessary.
Time to call it a day. Tomorrow we get up & do it again. And the Corn Palace beckons!