Half Way There!

Half Way, WHOO HOO! 25 days, 1,890 miles, 67,000 feet of climbing! Astoria, Oregon seem like such a long time ago. Now on with the second half of the trip.

America by Bicycle; Half Way Point

America by Bicycle; Half Way Point

Today’s ride took us through the Missouri River Valley to Chamberlain. This is probably the last day with any serious climbing for a while, as the next 4 days of riding only have about 1,000 feet per day. Today however, we had climbing with more and stronger headwinds than yesterday! We pretty much rode the 84 miles into a 15 mile an hour wind from the South, which naturally, was where we were going. As one normally very upbeat rider said as we stopped for a quick bite, “this wind is taking away my will to ride!” but it didn’t. The thing about wind is unlike a hill, where you struggle, but can see the end, or at least know there is one, with WIND, it NEVER ENDS and it is relentless, and EVIL. Oh yeah, I fell, when my front wheel just glanced off the rear wheel of the person in front of me as we were meandering up a hill in the wind. Not serious, just a bloody elbow, knee, ankle, I kind of bounced on my hip, which took most of the fall. I finished the ride, and should be okay for tomorrow.  Luckily, because of the wind, we were only going about 10 miles an hour, so I kind of just landed, without the usual “slide” that causes the “road rash”. Tomorrow we head East again, 2 days until Sioux Falls, a day off, and best of all, a visit from Peg, can’t wait!

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The Missouri River from an overlook just South of Pierre

The Missouri River from an overlook just South of Pierre

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The Missouri from just north of Chamberlain

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