Today we left Wyoming and entered South Dakota. We stayed in this little motel last night called The Covered Wagon Inn, very “western” in it’s decor.
We passed some interesting rock formations early on, before we settled back into flat prairie. Once in South Dakota we had 2 serious climbs, one of 4 miles in duration, one of 1 mile. I was still recovering from yesterday’s heat, but rode okay, being stubborn truly is my best attribute. We encountered some serious head winds coming into Hot Springs, South Dakota, which made me really appreciate the tail winds we had earlier in the trip. Tomorrow we ride to Mount Rushmore, should be pretty cool!
We were talking at Rap, the evening recap of toady’s journey and discussion of tomorrow’s route, about why we are doing this ride, as we are in a tough, hot, stretch, with lots of aches and pains. I am re-reading “On the Road” by Kerouac-but this time out West, and here is a quote that explains it better than I could. “I preferred reading the American landscape as we went along. Every bump, rise, and stretch in it mystified my longing.” Imagine how I feel doing it with only my legs and heart powering me along!