I thought this was a good day for a summary. The day itself was uneventful except for two things. First, I watched a hawk dive from about 50 feet up straight into the ground to catch a rodent. The little animal slipped away and the hawk quickly grabbed the second chance and flew away with it.
A second small item was pulling into Pierre, SD. The terrain goes through a very sudden change as you crest a hill and see the river valley. It’s a very nice area.
Tomorrow starts the dramatic section of 18 days with OMG scenery. Over these days we’ll ride: The Badlands, Wall Drug Store, Sturgis, Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Iron Mountain, Devil’s Tower, Bighorn NF, Cody, Red Lodge, Beartooth Pass, Yellowstone NP, Glacier NP, The Cascades NP, Grand Coulee, Seattle, The Dalles, Coos Bay, Oregon PCH, Avenue of the Giants, Mountain View Road, California PCH, Fresno, Lake Isabel, Mojave Desert, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon NP, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Capital Reef NP, Moab, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Four Corners NM, Durango, Million Dollar Highway, Poudre Canyon and Chimney Rock. David joins the ride in Cody, Charlie in Vegas and Chris and Sharon join in Flagstaff. All those will have peeled off after the Million Dollar Highway.
So far, our ride has gone to Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. We’ve actually had good luck with rain in spite of one evening of major rain and a significant delay to avoid rain on another day. There have been a few showers, but nothing major. We’ve skipped a few planned sections due to the weather, but this ride is still epic.
We ride mainly back roads, which means you don’t know when you go from one state to another most of the time. But the consistent part of our ride has been farmland. We have seen lots of it in every state, some much more than others. It really speaks to the men and women that feed our nation. The equipment they use and the vast work they do is amazing. The weather has not been kind this year, flooding fields and destroying crops and land. But you can’t discourage farmers easily. They press on and keep food on your table. I appreciate everything they do. Without them, you starve to death.
I have found many great mountain roads in states where they exist. I’ll be enjoying the VR video edit processes as I get to revisit each mile. You will get to ride with us through the videos and enjoy these rides on the YouTube channel as I edit starting in July.
I am looking forward to the upcoming days. I’ll take more pictures.