Thursday, July 15, 2010

AAN Day 25 - Pierre to Chamberlain, SD

Daily Statistics:
Mileage: 83.4 miles Average Speed: 15.2 mph
Vertical: 2552 feet Depart: 6:35 AM Arrive: 12:35 PM
Calories: 5510

Link to Garmin Route Data

Today was a milestone day in a couple of regards. More on that in a minute. First, we left the hotel following Rt 34E, and stayed on it for 60 miles. The first 25 or so were right along the Missouri River, which is generally pretty wide, although it did not appear too deep in many parts. Temps were good at start (probably about 60 degrees), and it didn't get too bad before I was in. We had a very nice tailwind for the first 48 miles, which of course you don't credit until you don't have it anymore. At 48 miles, we turned from an Easterly heading to a Southerly one, and the nice tailwind became a crosswind. At least we didn't have yesterday's grueling headwind.
As we got to the first SAG, we had our milestone event. We reached the halfway point in our journey across America. You will see a number of our riders gathered at this momentous point, glorying in the achievement. As they say, it is all downhill from here. Of course this is also day 25 of 50, so it is half over in more ways than one. I am told we passed half way in climbing already.
Most of the day was once again in rolling grassland. This picture shows a field with the hay in the new roll bales so common here, stacked and waiting.
We were back on the Missouri for the last 15 or 20 miles of the ride, with a couple of stiff although not terribly long (a mile or two) climbs to bring us into town. I tried to capture the view looking down on Chamberlain, but the bridges and town don't really show like I saw them. It is a nice little town. I went to a place called the Indulge Bakery and Cafe for lunch, and had a nice homemade lasagne. Main Street looks very 1950s, as does the town.

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