To add to our positive feelings toward our camp spot, we got to enjoy the starry skies and the sunrise too!
We are absolutely loving South Dakota so far! The landscape has been so fascinating, and we had some surprise sights today. The first excitement was as we looked out at the horizon and took note of the dark clouds: one of which appeared ominously cone-shaped and low to the ground. Before we panicked however, we checked the handy weather radar app on Aidan’s phone, and saw no tornadoes (or any weather issue for that matter) on the map. It turned out to be someone’s burn pile, but we were definitely staring at that smoke for awhile, and taking note of the ditches on the side of the road!
Soon after the fake tornado, we spotted an animal in a cow field – clearly not a cow, looked similar to a deer, but the wrong colors…we weren’t trusting our eyes much at that point, but we pulled over and appreciated this wild animal which neither of us had seen before. Thanks to google, we later confirmed our wildlife sighting to be a pronghorn!
Over each rise, we became more fond of this state.
We biked through the Crow Creek Reservation for a good portion of the day today, and met some really friendly people at a gas station there. Just continuing the pattern of finding kindness all across the country!
We had a tailwind ALL DAY today. It was a truly wonderful experience, and one that we took advantage of – we almost hit 100 miles by the end of the day! As we calmly pedaled along, Aidan noted that we were traveling 25% more quickly than yesterday! And as we didn’t have to pedal as furiously to keep moving, we got to enjoy the views more.
We found a place to swim this afternoon – the MISSOURI RIVER! (Grandad, was that enough enthusiasm?) But we honestly were so excited to see the river and realize that it was none other than the Missouri!