Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Interior, SD to White River, SD - 79 miles

Today we leave the Badlands and travel through Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on our way to White River, South Dakota.
But we still have the chance to see a few more formations of the Badlands on our way!
Teepees in various stages of construction.
Now this road while more or less flat, had the added distinction of having a brutal headwind to go along with it! The first 16 miles of today's ride was tough!
What an interesting formation...almost looks like an upside down elephant foot!
The White River
Leaving the Badlands
The scenery is awesome!
More scenery on the way to White River, South Dakota.
There were a lot of hills today -- up, down, up, down.
I am just amazed that you can see so far in all directions.
Our hotel for the evening.
The the weather took a turn for the worst and the clouds started forming. Thought we would be able to out run it, but that was not to be.
The sky got darker and darker and then the winds picked up and all of a sudden it was raining in torents and the hail stared and then you couldn't see 2 feet in front of yourself. About half of the riders got caught in the onslaught. Several riders got picked up in the support vehicle [one rider was so upset that they had to be told numerous times to "throw your bike in the trailer and get in the *#%#* car!" --  and others dove into thickets to protect themselves and others were lucky enough to get picked up by a good samaritan in a Sara Lee Bread truck. All made it to the hotel safely, soaking wet but none worse for the wear.

About 2 and 1/2 inches of rain fell in about 20 minutes and within 2 hours the storm was over and the sun came out again!

Tomorrow we are off to Winner, South Dakota.


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