Avg Speed: 16.4 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 121 bpm
Climbing: 2,480 ft
Calories Burned: 3,857
4th state - South Dakota ...two good climbs ... Black Hills ... a new Philly rides with the Geldings ... dinner in a bowling alley ... Mt Rushmore tomorrow
Another 5AM alarm clock (waking to the duck noise that Leah set on my iPhone), 5:45 luggage load, and a hotel breakfast had us on the road around 6:30. We passed through what we had not seen of Lusk, WY the night before ... not much. The Legend of Rawhide parade was fun, even if it was a definitive statement of how to stereotype. I took a long early pull to wake up my muscles and work out my new cleats. It was nice to not come out of my pedals. Soon out of town we picked up a new rider in our group ... and it was a young Philly. Alex Steussy-Williams from Indiana joined the pace line and did an awesome job all day including several pulls. Alex is Helen's daughter and considering she trained pretty minimally (she was in Argentina the last four months studying Spanish), she kicked butt.
|Our New Philly Alex|
|Shadows See Green|
|Our Pace Line ... Alex, Me, Dave, and Joe (Jeff and Mark Were in the Front)|
The ride to the first SAG at 35 miles was noticeably different from the other parts of Wyoming ... there was green grass and such. We also passed a few neat rock formations and small hills. The terrain was rolling but we descended almost 1,000 feet in the process.
|Bright Sunshine Over "Green" Wyoming|
|Scenery Was Varied and Pleasant|
|Climbing This Would Be Fun|
|The Long and Unwinding Road|
|Another Wall Drug Sign ... These Will Get Plentiful The Next Few Days|
|My 4th State ... South Dakota|
|Geldings, Our Philly (Alex), Plus Mark, Daniel, and Bruno|
The shoulder got mighty different in South Dakota. The rumble strips were big and deep and did not give us many opportunities to move in and out. I fell back a short distance a few times but finished with the group at the 2nd SAG in Edgemont. The store had it all ... a bar, a casinos, a convenience store, a gas station, and a restaurant. I grabbed some jelly beans and a real Gatorade for the upcoming climbs.
|Our First Views of The Black Hills|
|The Geldings Plus One at The 2nd SAG|
|Descent After the Big Climb|
|Great Spot For A Rest|
|The Cows Said " GOOOOO"|
Good night moon ... good night pig (and Cathy and her winning team ... awesome and fun pictures) ... good night my new office (sounds like the girls are making some changes at home) ... good night Mike (wish Bill a happy 21st for me and thanks for helping Karen move the furniture) ... good night Leah (Jeff found you quarters from American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands ... do you have those?) ... good night wife (I miss you Babe)