Good Bye Wyoming and hello South Dakota. It is getting greener already. Another early start today – we knew we had a lot of miles to cover (93) and were unsure of the weather. 30% chance of thunder showers all day so we were on the road by 6:35 and the temperature was 67 degrees. (Looks like the same tomorrow.) We biked through farm land again … Route 18 East, good smooth roads and, this morning a TAILWIND!! Not really much to see, especially when we had to bike through several miles of some fairly dense fog. But, when Bob & I pulled into the SAG stop at mile 35 our average speed was over 19mph (we ended the day at about 15 mph). At mile 45 we took a right continuing on 18 east and “kaboom” headwind again …. we pedaled our way to the South Dakota state line knowing we “had a short day” today. One of the ABB staff was at the sign so we got a picture together before biking another 10 miles into the wind to the town of Edgemont for SAG#2.
The last 25 miles of the trip were entirely different from the first 65 miles. The land is totally green now withe lots of grass and pine trees. We did a rather long (4 miles) winding 6% climb and the headwind was gone. Moving forward, 5 miles to go and a short, one-mile pretty steep climb but then a steep descent as well into the town of Hot Springs. Temperature 80 degrees. We chosenotto go into town to find hot springs but instead opted for Dairy Queen right next to our motel. Yum! my Blizzard was good!
After RAP, describing tomorrow’s trip, we walked a few blocks to a bowling alley for dinner!! No kidding! It was catered chicken and beans and salad and mashed potatoes and veggie lasagna and was quite tasty. The tables were set up at the end of the alleys and several stayed to bowl when we were don eating. I opted to finish laundry and then my write up. Tomorrow is shaping up to be an AWESOME day (no, not the climbing). We are biking to Mount Rushmore and will get to see Crazy Horse as well. The National Park sounds like it is full of wildlife including bison and prairie dogs. So early to bed. The cameras are charged and we are ready for a new adventure. Oh, if you want to see more photos, Bob is creating albums in Facebook so go see them there. (It is a very good thing we each have our own computers …)