On the road to Des Smet we crossed that half-way point. We were about 20 miles or so, from the South Dakota Minnesota state line, and realized we had cross a big piece of country ! All the way from Seattle, across all of Washington State, through the Idaho panhandle, then through the Missoula Valley and across most of Montana, into Wyoming and now across all of South Dakota. Not bad for an old guy on a bicycle !
|Half-Way ... still 1650 miles to go !|
|Looks like a bicycle explosion !|
|Awesome quote from Laura Wilder|
|US Highway 14 is the Laura Wilder Highway|
|Great little city park to camp in|
Up again, with an early start and a journey to a new state. I went to Minnesota once, for a business trip, flying in during the middle of winter, seeing a lot of plowed snow, and not seeing anything other than some office and the airport. This is much better.
Our ride started with a prediction of some rain and we did get a little bit of sprinkles during the morning which felt great !
We are starting to see corn, Lots of corn. And then more corn. Every so often you can pass by a field that has lots of experimental varieties planted, like this one:
This morning we ate at the Log Cabin in Tyler. One of our riders, Ben, is conducting a study on Exercise Induced Asthma on recreational athletes ( that would be us ! ) So, each morning of the ride and each evening, we get our volume capacity measured, and it gets logged for Ben to help him with his Medical School project. It's pretty cool, some of us just puff really hard, and others sound like an elephant trumpeting !
|Reesh getting ready to puff|
|Charleton, Alfred and Lynne at Checkpoint in Tracy, MN|
|You should have seen us running for this little train ... would have been hilarious !|
So corn either goes to feed animals, or gets turned into Ethanol, and here is one of the places that does it. This plant is big. Really big. With a railroad line next to it.
|Ethanol plant - big tanks|
|Narrow strip to ride a bike on|