Gotcha. Told you I would.
Easiest ride of them all. Yesterday in South Dakota the wind was blowing so hard that it stopped me in my tracks . . . as I was attempting to go down hill.
The wind didn’t stop blowing even though I’m two states and hundreds of miles from it. Instead of fighting it today, I used the wind to my advantage.
About 20 miles from O’Neill, NE, along US 281, I got out and just pedaled into town. Fortunately I was headed the same direction as the wind.
The roads were flat. The wind pushed me hard enough to give me a 16 mile an hour average speed. (My normal average is between 12 and 13 miles an hour.) Took only 1:14:52 to make the ride. 75 minutes. Grrrr-eat!
When I completed the 20 I was in the middle of nowhere. So I snapped pictures of what was out there:
With Nebraska, that ends my little riding adventure. The path home changed. It’s not convenient to get ND, MN, and WI now. Those three I’ll have to save for another day. (Preferably a warmer day.)
Speaking of warmer days, I truly could not have asked for better weather. I mean, c’mon, 70 degrees? Highs in the 50’s? In Montana in February? Back home in Ohio they’re suffering through a foot of snow, temperatures in the single digits, and wind chills up to 25 degrees below zero. Out here, I’m standing in front of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming in shirt sleeves. Unbelievable.
I managed to ride at least 20 miles each in 12 different states in just over 8 days, having traveled (at the time of this blog post) over 4500 miles. (That 4500 doesn’t include the 3000 nautical miles from a Seattle to Anchorage round trip.) My goal was to get 15 states so I fell short of that, but I’m not going to complain. Twelve is more states than I’d ridden through in the last eight years combined. And I did it in just a little over a week. I can live with that accomplishment.
As of right this second I’m about 120 miles from Omaha and roughly 850 miles from sleeping in my own bed. Though I love to bicycle, I’m glad that portion of the trip is over. There’ll be more rides to come in the next few months . . .including the big one: across the entire country from California to South Carolina.
Let me update the state map.