SOUTH DAKOTA’S LAST WINDY RIDE
Woke at BOB’S RESORT CAMPGROUND, left 900 AM East on 212, to North on RT 83, with a NW wind 21 mph. It’s debilitating. We make 4 miles per 1 hr. Oli is napping in a field, we have no possibility for shade.
The Prairie grass has these stiff reeds among it. They make lying down a chore requiring much preparation. Also, the Prairie flies are a persistent pest while resting. As we Ride, the bees periodically get caught In helmet vents. Now that sunflower crops surround us, we do have more of the bees, flies hit us at higher speed, propelled by the wind.
The sunflower beauty is fantastic.
Saw some of these around (not my pic)
Saw these too, but alive even!
I’m reading Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose (audio book). I found that the task of reading is arduous after a full day of pedaling. I tend to doze off before finishing 2 paragraphs. The audio book is superior in this regard. I can listen while biking County roads.
SOUTH DAKOTA FEELING
In other states, Many more people were curious and interested about our biking and the adventure we are on. Here in SD, folks may also be interested, but they hide it well. Or perhaps they are more of a *mind your own business * type of people. So, just after we discussed our woeful present situation, and I made this last entry ….
We Met Gwenn and her son Zach. She stopped to see if we were OK (resting in a ditch in the wind storm). She offered a ride to Selby, we gladly accepted. She’s a food service director, and her son, Zack, is a 9th grader at a different school she asked the usual questions : where from, how far per day, we graciously entertained her with our story. Upon arrival at Selby, she asked how we cooked meals, if we used a fry pan? We described out process to her she then offered us fish that Zack had caught earlier today – Walleye. We accepted with some hesitation, since the chore of properly storing, transporting, cooking, and cleaning the dishes is a concern. We did take the gift however , thanked her, and said our goodbye’s. She is a thoughtful, kind lady and good model for the young man.
These vast tracts of land, with few services between require that we plan well. We’ve been grilling the locals as to what lies ahead. They’re friendly and provide invaluable information. Google and maps aren’t always sufficient for these purposes (items grocery store may have, whether a convenience store exists – really small towns have dynamic business lists. We’ve had several ties when Google maps listed a store or lack thereof, and the opposite was true. I suppose a slow economy can wreak have on a small town. And surely new stores open. The same is true of bridges and construction. It’s always safer to ask ahead. Many locals are happy to share and want to be of assistance.. I cannot count the number of times people have approached us and offered directions and / or asked questions.
Saw many cool birds at Sand Lake conservation areahttp://www.fws.gov/refuge/sand_lake/
Among the many birds I saw, was an Eagle. She was Perched on a post. I approached slowly and it let me get to within 25 feet! I did not have the camera handy, as I was in shock – awed by her beauty. She cawed several times and flapped her grand wings to leave. Very soon after, she was gliding and circling high. Silhouetted by the setting sun – sublime.
Our site in the Mound City Park, SD
Had bathroom, hot water, powered Pavillion. Across from the courthouse (woke in morning, Noone cared, tent still setup, court employees filing in.
Our Mound city camp site.
Again, SD, anything goes.
In SD, anybody can drive anything pretty much anywhere we learned that the Indians don’t even need a license on the res .
Casinos at many convenience stores..