Day 25 July 12, 2012 Pierre, SD to Chamberlain, South Dakota

South Dakota Corn … view from the road side …

the last 10 miles … road construction …

Today seems so long ago … 5:15 alarm for a 6:00 AM Breakfast and load at 6:30.  We were anxious to get on the road early as the weather predictions were for mid-90 temperatures and chance of thunderstorms.  We are on the western edge of the Central Tim Zone now so the sun was not quite up at 6:30 – but the temperature was close to 80 degrees.It was an easy start onto 34 east.  We turned our red lights on for safety.  Both of us had tired legs and butts – we thought residual from yesterday.  A fellow rider reminded us that we have done three century rides (100 miles or over) in the last week.  So … today was only 84.

The ride was really pleasant as we had the Missouri River on our right for a good part of the way.  River … railroad tracks … road .. We had black-eyed susans back and by mid-day lots of grasshoppers.

Our first SAG stop was a bit early today – mile 25.3.  That is because of ABB’s mile calculations, we are ½ way across the US and ½ through our trip.  Gosh time flies when you are having fun!  Their calculations do not take into consideration any side trips we may have done.  I think Bob & I will reach 2,000 miles tomorrow – in Mitchell, SD home of the Corn Palace!

 We turned onto route 50 east at mile 68 – hoping the mild winds would not change.  The winds had been slightly to the side and behind us.  The sky was mostly overcast – a blessing.  Once we turned the corner is became more of a side wind but no so much headwind so .. not so bad.  It seems we did a lot of climbing.  3800 feet is what our sheet said but it seemed more.  Not much to see – more climbing and the next thing you know, we have 15 miles to go! YEAH! The support vehicle flags us down (we were glad for more ice in our water bottles) but the last 10 miles of our ride, including the last climb,  would be on road surfaces in different stages of maintenance.

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