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.
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!