Day 13

July 30, 2004

Rapid City, SD to Murdo, SD

 

In the morning, I rode with Cameron from England.  He remarked that the scenery looked a lot like Scotland.  “Oh yeah” I replied, “you have dinosaurs in Scotland, too?”

 

 headed on down the road towards the Badlands

 

Some bad boys (“Ski” and “E”) in the Badlands

 

Badlands formation

 

Lunch at the Badlands visitor center. Mike from LA on the left. Rick from Texas.  Rich “Ski”. And Gavin “Wingnut” Housh from California on the right.  Gavin can always be seen, senselessly hammering down the road as hard as he can – nobody can figure out how he can do this, day after day.

 

Badlands info

 

Some Badland views as we climb out of the park

 

At the top of the climb

 

Praire home exhibit on the side of the road

 

Lots of prairie dogs in this area

 

 prairie dog hole

 

John, Elizabeth, and Greg, checking out the prairie dogs.  They have a bag of peanuts to feed them.

 

 and here are the little critters

 

Prairie dog munching on a peanut

 

 a lizard-like rodent scoring some peanut scraps

 

 you just never know what you’ll find along the way

 

 

Riding through endless monotonous rollers, Ski and I  looked for some oasis in the form of a store or gas station.  We found one in this desolate Ghost Town (population 13) 

 

Ski’s talking to Diane on the phone Again!

 

 the town also had a rock yard

 

Today’s message board

 

 and progress today.

 

 

Profile and statistics

The Badlands were between miles 46-80.  After a short, steep climb out of the Badlands, we had endless rollers through wheat fields.  Riding in some fast pacelines kept the average speed pretty high.