to make good time. I think more than half the group were
at the second rest stop together and we had trouble
finding room for all our bikes.
dogs abounded in this area - I must have seen at least a
hundred of them from the road, and particularly near the
second rest stop.
stop today was at the Badlands visitor's center. We had
a nice large tree providing shade and dramatic views as
we ate our lunch. We were treated to spaghetti with
meatballs (or meatball hogies) and carrot cake for
lunch, and all of it was quite delicious.
lunch, we made a short climb up Cedar Pass (why they
call it that, I don't know - I doubt there's a cedar
tree for at least 50 miles) and were rewarded with
stunning vistas of the Badlands. Most of the photos I've
included today were taken from this pass and just
As I was
going through this pass, I startled two deer near the
road. They were trapped between the road and the cliff
face and I was a little worried that one would run into
me as they tried to get away.
were through the Badlands, we began a somewhat arduous
journey over rolling hills to our motel in Murdo. The
terrain here is pretty bleak, with not much to
differentiate one mile from the next. Almost all the
day's climbing was spread out over these 50 miles with
long shallow climbs and descents. I guess we better get
used to monotonous terrain since I suspect we'll see a
lot of it as we cross the midwest.
We have a
nice hotel in Murdo with a lovely swimming pool that
several of the riders took advantage of. The restaurant
down the street was pretty decent and made an excellent
buffalo burger. Their shakes and pies were pretty good
as well. They even have a high speed internet connection
so I can upload my site without using a dial-up modem.
This was fortuitous because the ISP I'm using doesn't
have a local access number in Murdo.
One of the interesting things about Murdo is that it
marks the boundary between the mountain time zone and
the central time zone. The restaurant we ate at actually
has two clocks - one in each time zone, with a line
between them which says "you are here".