We passed into the Central Time Zone today! As exciting as that landmark is, we’ve had a couple others that rival it. From Cody, WY to the capital of South Dakota, Pierre, we’ve made good time across this past section. We’re now six whole days ahead of schedule — which gives us a nice buffer should we need it for rest days or sightseeing later on. So, here’s a little glimpse into the past 10 days of our trip.
We passed over the Bighorn Mountains via the Powder River Pass. Our biggest climb yet, we climbed virtually straight up for 5,460 feet before reaching an all-time high elevation of 9,666 feet! These incredible rock formations were scattered about, making the climb undoubtedly the most gorgeous.
We took a rest day while staying with fantastic folks in Gillette, WY and were treated to a drive out to Devils Tower — which we would have missed otherwise! On the path around the base, we met Frank Sanders, a local climbing legend and part-time bicycle tourer himself. All in all, an entirely satisfying rest day!
For as much food as we need to fuel these rides, it’s been getting kind of old. Everything in restaurants is more or less the same (which is why I was so excited for this taco salad!). Eating without a fridge is tough. We’ve eaten cold canned food for many lunches, especially since finding good grocery stores is tough in the sticks.
Crazy Horse Memorial. Check it out if you get a chance — seriously, 100x better than Mt Rushmore! (This picture is from quite a distance, Mt Rushmore is insignificant compared to the planned completed size of Crazy Horse.)
No need to worry about South Dakota heat! It’s normally 100+ degrees through this stretch, but today we had a cool 55 in the early morning. With wind chill, it was enough to drive James into his sleeping bag while stopping for breakfast on the road.
Pressing on from Pierre, we are about a week from Minneapolis! We pledged to find free camping for a week (paying $20+ for a piece of land each night becomes old quickly) and day six just passed successfully! Here’s to continued low temperatures in South Dakota!