near the back of the group, rolling into the motel
around 5:00. Well, actually, I rolled into the Dairy
Queen next to the motel about then and got myself a
large pineapple shake before heading next door. Riding
near the rear, I got to ride with a few riders that I
haven't seen much of this trip (at least on the road).
downside of riding at a slow pace is that I was out in
the hot sun that much longer. And today was a scorcher,
reaching the high 90's in Mitchell when we arrived.
Fortunately, much of the afternoon was on a light
colored concrete road which doesn't retain nearly as
much heat as black asphalt.
above is a little misleading - while we did follow Rt.
90 very closely, we were actually riding on very lightly
traveled frontage roads for all but about nine miles.
The terrain was pretty consistent - lightly rolling farm
land with very few trees. As we rode from Murdo to
Mitchell, the crop seemed to transition from hay to
corn. I suspect we'll see a LOT more corn in the next
is know for the Corn Palace - a building that is
completely covered in Indian Corn husks forming a mosaic
pattern. We didn't have time to go by there today, but
perhaps we will on the way out of town tomorrow.
Thanks to all of you that have sent me emails. I'll hope
to respond (to at least say thanks for the email)
shortly, but I'm running short on time this evening.