This morning was not very hot, but it was very humid. We started biking pretty early with almost no water left, and filled up at the first gas station we found. That water tasted particularly awful, despite the fact that it was filtered and “good” to drink. So we found a McDonald’s after another 15 or 20 miles, happily poured out our water in the parking lot, and loaded up with ice and some much better water.
We continued on, noticing the horizon becoming flatter and flatter. And we made it to the border of South Dakota!!
We would have enjoyed that sign more had we not made the mistake of skipping our normal first lunch… but we made up for it when we stopped around noon. We each easily polished off a package of Indian food (2.5 servings, apparently) then moved on to granola and other snacks.
We made a few stops for water and snacks during our afternoon riding, and had a great chat with a guy named Max, on his way home from work – 100 miles from where he lives. He gave us great advice for what to think about as we cross South Dakota! Places where towns are especially scarce, cool landmarks, etc.
We ate dinner soon after that, and while our food was heating up, we rolled out our sore muscles – there’s nothing like a Nalgene for a makeshift foam roller!
After dinner, I experienced something many people who use clipless pedals will understand all too well. I had just unclipped my left foot from its pedal when my momentum shifted to the right – and down I went. I think I swore loudly as I realized what was happening, but the slow tip was inevitable at that point. Luckily I only got a couple minor scrapes, and I fell away from the road, so I immediately saw the humor in my situation. Unfortunately, Aidan missed the actual fall, only witnessing me lying on the pavement still attached to my bike!
We rode into the sunset again this evening, and enjoyed every moment of it. The wildlife on either side of us, the colorful sky, the cool breeze…it’s really the best time of the day.
And as it got dark, I got to enjoy the brightness of my front headlight! We had our flashing red lights cranking, and even without streetlights we could see so well!
We went grocery shopping in Madison, SD at 10:00 pm, refilling our panniers with all sorts of cereals and lunch foods! And we chose a prime campsite – a golf course. We did forget about the sprinklers though…