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Day 23 Pierre to Miller, SD – 74 Miles – Flat with a tailwind!

8 Jul

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Sleeping in Pierre’s Morse Middle School gymnasium does not sound like an ideal resting place, but it was an amazing night’s sleep — I fell right asleep and slept the entire night.  It was a pleasure to sleep indoors, with air conditioning, and not have to worry about packing up the tent at 4:30 am.  I got a great recovery and was well-rested for the next day’s ride.  We had breakfast in camp presented by VeloSante and were on our way by 6 am.  The cyclists in this image are riding on a road that was just oiled so it was shiny as we rode out of Pierre headed due east and straight into the sun.  Yesterday, we slayed the high winds; this day we slayed the big bold sun that was directly in front the entire morning.

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My “mapmyride” report gave 17.2mph average speed for the 73 miles.  I used one battery on the Pedego e-bike and it took just over four hours to reach our day’s destination: Miller, South Dakota.  Once in town, the agenda was a haircut downtown, dinner at the local steakhouse and then indoor camping at the Miller High School.  The staff at the school were very kind and welcoming.  Next up: Cycling life on the prairie…more South Dakota.

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Day 20 Rest Day in Rapid City – Mt. Rushmore

5 Jul
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Mt. Rushmore is located in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Rapid City is known as the “Gateway to the Black Hills” and has several popular tourist attractions like:

The first thing we all do on a Big Ride rest day is bicycle maintenance.  We tune up the bikes, wash and lube the chain and replace any parts that are worn out.  VeloSante has been very supportive for this aspect of the ride.  They provide a full service setup with bike stands, hose with soapy water, sponges, chain brushes and cleaner.  All the tools you need for regular maintenance.  While getting my hands greasy is not my favorite, the organization makes it easy to keep the bikes finely tuned.

On this day, once we finished bike maintenance, we were provided with a 12 passenger rental van to get us up and out to tour the sites.  The town has 84 restaurants to choose from.  This is a top-rated all-you-can-eat Indian restaurant where we started our excursion.

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Kathmandu Bistro – Indian Cuisine. Wonderful Indian buffet to start the day – a yummy lunch sponsored by Kenny’s doctor.

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Day 18 Gillette to Newcastle, Wyoming – 78.4 Miles

3 Jul
Gillette, Wy, to Newcastle, Wy.

Gillette, Wy., to Newcastle, Wy.

The idea that a normal person like myself could actually ride a bicycle across America is quite amazing.  I am just thrilled to have the time and energy to pursue this amazing experience.  So far, during this Big Bike Ride Across America, the daily mileage can be achieved by most people with a good fitness level.  At the end of each day, I feel tired and worn out.  We are well fed on this bicycle tour, so I often feel like I am overeating.  I am not complaining, but the meals have been an amazing source of fuel for the high mileage.

The other part of this experience that I appreciate are the slices of Americana that we see every day along the way.  The small towns with tidy houses.  The warm front porches with swings were people sit and visit with each other.  The local coffee shops and cafés have the sweetest people who talk to us and are happy to see us pass through their town.  These small town Americans have a strong sense of pride in themselves.  You can see it in their schools and the way they honor their local soldiers.  The people and places we are touching have been an amazing source of “belonging” to the American citizenry.