Avg Speed: 16.1 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 107 bpm
Climbing: 988 ft
Calories Burned: 1,386 (need to recalibrate)
Flat ... hot ... easy pace ... corn palace ... rodeo
Today' route and map -- http://connect.garmin.com/activity/40630381
The temperature is starting to go up. To beat the heat, we had an early 6AM load with breakfast at the Anchor Inn. Huge pancakes and homemade butter crunch donuts ... hmm, hmm good. I thought the gang had headed out by the time I finished breakfast, so I headed out alone. Turns out they were back at the hotel eating as Jeff has gotten a room flat. The only climb of the day was about 400 feet out of town. Not too big of a bite. I caught up with Helen after the hill and rode with her for about the first 10 miles. Very flat terrain that reminded me of the Maryland Eastern Shore minus the water. Mostly farm land.
The Geldings caught up after that and we rode loosely together for a awhile, but no one was in a rush today, except Dave ... he was on fire and cruised on ahead of us. Margot and Gary joined the group we road at a brisk but easy pace. I stopped at mile 22 for a quick Gatorade while the group headed on. The road turned to nasty gravel as we past more farms with an emphasis on corn. Coming out of the gravel, I saw the group (minus Dave) on the side of the road working on Mark's bike. Mark applied his new flat changing skills and was able to get a new tube in place with a little encouragement (and some heckling). Jeff and Joe headed out while Mark cleaned up and assembled his supplies. I hung back to ride with him to the SAG. Good thing ... as soon as he started out, he got another flat and he not have another tube. Turns out the culprit was not found the first go around. I helped locate the debris and Mark and I worked it out with a tweezers. His tire was pretty shot. Jim pulled up in the van and provided a loaner tire for Mark. We finally made our way to the SAG a few miles later.
|Now Which Way Does This Go|
Mark and I rode from the SAG into Mitchell ... a fast and hot 35 miles. The terrain remained very flat. We passed several farm vehicles and farmed tending to their crops. A bug invested corn field called our name for the proverbial Field of Dreams shot. We made a pit stop in Mt. Vernon and sat in the nice cool store for a few before cruising into Mitchell.
|If You Build It, They Will Come|
|We Saw A Lot Of This Today|
|Working The Fields|
|The Corn Palace|
|2010 Theme Was Transportation|
|Inside ... More Corn Murals|
|Playing Basketball Here Must Be Cool|
|Pretty Corny Huh|
|Local Diner and Cute Pooch|
|Sinclair Dino and Another Pooch|
Dave and I watched the Tour and relaxed before heading for our dinner at the Mexican restaurant next store. Fajitas were good and another blizzard from DQ topped it off nicely. A bunch of us went to the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. It was a fun night and provided an interesting view into local culture. The eight year cow girl stole the show.
|John (Life is Good) and Me (Life is Crap)|
|Teresa (The Wheels on The Bus)|
|Ellen Enjoys the Rodeo|
|Hot Air Balloon Rises Above The Stampede|
|Some of the Gang at the Rodeo|
|8 Year Old Goes Through The Fire|
|Teeter Totter with a Huge Bull|
|Big America and Military Focus|
Good night moon ... good night corn ... good night heat ... good night cowboys and cowgirls