Sunday, 16 Jun 2013
Cottonwood Lake SRA, NE to Valentine, NE
60.8 miles, 5h50m, 10.4 mph
Elapsed Time: 6h10m, Max speed: 32.6mph
Total Climbing: 1733ft, Max elevation: 3243ft
Total mileage: 534.6
It rained. A lot. My bike computer crapped out. I'm sitting in a
motel room drying out my stuff.
The day started at Cottonwood Lake, freezing in my tent, unable to
sleep because of noisy neighbors. I put in my earbuds and listened
to the Allman Brothers for a couple hours. That didn't work. Then I
switched to Dave Brubeck. It worked--they went to bed at 4am.
I was up at first light--5am. Not much sleep. The sky was
threatening, but not too threatening. I packed up camp and was on
the road before 6am.
Cottonwood Lake and an ominous sky at the crack of dawn.
Looking at the other half of the lake.
As I was pulling out of the park I
saw two touring cyclists pass the entrance road.
They looked like the same couple I
saw a couple days ago at Fort Robinson. It was.
For some reason this is the only picture I took of them.
John and Audrey are riding across the country after the original
plan of Audrey riding and John running fell through when John hurt
We rode together for a while and then I slowly pulled ahead. But
then the hail started falling.
Then rain. Then hail. Then rain. Then hail. Then rain. Then I
it would stop, but then it rained.
I stopped at a small town to gear up for rain. John and Audrey
rode by. I think they never stopped
no matter how bad the weather looked or whether there was
lightning. I stopped once in a while
when things looked really bad. I think they had the right idea. So
I stopped stopping and just pushed on
no matter how bad it looked. [I later found out that John &
Audrey had stopped at someone's house
to get out of the rain--so I had the right idea--I think.]
Yeah. I just kept riding.
"Great Plains Tour 2013"
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