from the photos, the scenery was quite pleasant and the
terrain was rolling. No killer climbs today - just lots
of small ups and downs. The elevation in Gillette is a
little higher than Sheridan so we didn't have the
advantage of loosing elevation, but we did have a very
nice tailwind during the second half of the ride.
I got to
the lunch stop about 10 minutes before they were ready
to start serving, and by the time food was ready several
other people were pulling in. The last 40 miles after
lunch into Gillette were a blast - with a healthy
tailwind it was easy to maintain a pace in the high 20's
and even ride up the hills at 18-20mph.
at the motel at 1:35PM, only about 10-15 minutes after
the luggage van had arrived. This is the first time I've
been first to the motel. I was really happy with the way
the aerobars worked, particularly on this kind of
terrain. My ride pace was 21.8 mph, bettering my
previous best of 20mph for a century length ride by a
considerable margin - it's amazing what a good tailwind
replacement wheel from home came, so I got that
installed with a fresh tire and the correct cassette.
And I got my cellphone back - I had left it at a
restaurant somewhere near the beginning of the trip. The
restaurant was nice enough to mail it home and my wife
Diana included it in the package with the wheel.
had time this afternoon to catch up on my laundry and
get a one hour massage. I also added six more photos of
the scenery to yesterday's report. I put them all at the
bottom of the page so it would be easier to tell which
ones are new.
is going to be a long day - 160 miles with a lot of
climbing. We're also going to go by Mt. Rushmore so
we'll probably spend a little time there. So don't count
on too long a report tomorrow :-).