pretty brutal. By the time we got to the Mt. Rushmore
visitors center at mile 140, I was pretty tired.
through the Black Hills was gorgeous though. Lots of
twisting roads with tough climbs and great descents
through beautiful evergreen forests and granite
outcroppings. I would live to do this part of the ride
on fresh legs. As it was, I still enjoyed it but dreaded
coming around each corner to see another climb.
after arriving at the last rest stop at the visitor's
center, the thunderclouds that had been looming above
for the past hour finally decided to let go. It got very
cold quite quickly, with hale mixed in with the rain.
Fortunately, Steve (from our crew) was there with the
same van that I had left my leg warmers in earlier in
the day. After bundling up a bit, the few riders that
had arrived at this point all set out in the rain for
the final 20 miles into town.
this last 20 miles was downhill, but we did have a
couple significant climbs thrown in. The rain subsided
quickly and we were dry by the time we were 10 miles
from the finish. Later riders ended up riding through a
lot more rain on the way in.
definitely looking forward to a good nights sleep
tonight and am crossing my fingers that we have a nice
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