Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013
Sidney, NE to Scottsbluff, NE
79.8 miles, 6h41m, 11.9 mph
Elapsed Time: 8h17m, Max speed: 25.9mph
Total Climbing: 1325ft, Max elevation: 4269ft
Total mileage: 265.1
This time I decided to get a nice early start. It was going to be a
long day, and I would have a headwind. All day. Ugh.
I must not get enough trains back east. They are all over the
Loaded with coal heading east, empty coal cars heading west.
This is Dalton, NE. It's the first little town I've visited on
this trip that has a store. The woman
at the store told me she had a 78 year old cycle through last year
on his way from Alaska
to Key West. I ate a cookie.
After Dalton there was a long descent into the North Platte valley
where I would join the route
of the westward pioneers. It would have been really awesome if it
wasn't for the headwind slowing me down.
This is Courthouse Rock and Jail(house) Rock. These were key
landmarks along the
pioneer trails that ran up the North Platte Valley--the Oregon
Trail, the California Trail,
the Mormon Trail, and the Pony Express Route.
Someone rudely stepped right in front of Linda when she was taking
My daily complaint about the roads. When you repave the road, why
the shoulder at the same time? I nearly bit it twice climbing up
to the road. I can tell you the
pioneers on the Oregon Trail never had to deal with this kind of
This one is Chimney Rock. It has a totally unnecessary visitor
I think these are Schoolhouse Rock, Grammar Rock, America Rock,
and Multiplication Rock.
Of course, Grammar Rock was where the early pioneers mined the
adverbs and adjectives
that they used to describe the hardships of western travel.
My only crossing of the North Platte. That's Scott's Bluff in the
I rode to the hotel, then Linda and I drove over to Scott's Bluff
It was still windy.
Linda drove us up the road to the top. You can actually see
Chimney Rock in the distance.
There is more of this landscape in my future. Tomorrow I head
north toward Fort Robinson
State Park. It's another long day, so I will try to get an
"Great Plains Tour 2013"
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