Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Parts will probably arrive on Wednesday.
Miles - 0
Friday, May 27, 2011
The ride up 1804 is a biker's dream. Great senery, excellent roads and small traffic count. Even "surfing" a thunderstorm add to the thrill.
By the time I neared my destination, I realized, I'd not done my homework and started looking for a campsite. But first, I needed food so I found the nearest grocery store; in Selby. As I was approaching Selby I decided to search once more for a closer camp spot. I found "Hilltop Motel & Campground". Anything beats another 25 miles to the campground, so I settled on it. One mile out of town I heard and felt a horrible sound as I down shifted. My rear derailleur was mangled. I walked one mile and found the nicest and most economical camping of the trip. I'll call this home until replacement parts arrive. I've ordered them from Sean, my new favorite bike guy from St. Joseph MO. I may be back on the road as early as Wednesday.
Today's mileage - 97 + 1 mile walk
I could not have planned this layover if I tried. Thank you, God, for directing my path.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Pierre marks roughly the 1/3 point of the trip. My challege is to find a balance in each day and not let the routine become monotonous. One of these days I'm actually going to do another sketch!
As I write this some kids are riding by on their bikes talking about s'mores. I think I just thought of a way to break up the monotony!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The antilope were not sure what to think of this strange intruder, but finally moved on. Next an owl hovered above, assessing me. Adding to the night sounds are the occasional coyote howl (I hope it's a coyote; parts of "Dances With Wolves" were filmed here).
May 24 was challenging, with wind and rain. Same forecast today. Did laundry, so feel like a new man! Would like to see the Native American Museum in town, but hate to wait until 10:00.
Very cool. Glad I packed winter gloves.
People tell me this is the best time to see SD. Everything is green and I've never seen so many lilac bushes nor enjoyed their aroma so. The birds are also a great delight. I've flushed numerous pheasant from their roadside cover and seen ducks and wading birds I cannot identify - yet.
Mileage - 61
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Met some gracious ladies in Geddes today. It is sad though, to see such towns in decline.
Platt, on the other hand seems to be thriving. Stopped by the local ice cream shop and met one of the two police officers in town. He assured my, nothing exciting ever happens in Platt. They DO play rock music though, at the "Platt Food Market.
The forecast for tomorrow is rain with East wind. That's a fair trade.
Had a small glitch with my odometer, but my current mileage is around 610.
Today's goal is Academy, SD.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Most of today's ride was on the "http://m.byways.org/byways/2187