I had a great ride today, fresh legs after the two day rest in Watertown. Since I don’t have young legs anymore, I’ll settle for fresh ones. The ride was eventful in that we entered Minnesota, our fourth state, see the pic. We are now in Dawson, Minnesota, a beautiful little town staying at the Guest House, a converted church to rooms. Note the picture of the truck loaned to us by Jay and Barb Brost. It has been great and given us comfort and shelter from the earlier heat. Thanks so much to them. Don’t forget to pledge or get pledges and plan on the party at Burpee on the 27th. I’ll be on Aaron and Andy tomorrow, 6:45. By the way, the duct tape is keeping my toe nail secure so far, I know all of you were dying to know that
Homer and Dr. Brown arrived in Minnesota this morning at 10:35 a.m. CST!
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I spent a very restful day in Watertown at the Zoo, a movie and touring the community. Note the beautiful flower lined street on Route 81 leading into downtown. The Zoo was amazing with a tiger, monkeys, zebra, fish and all sorts of domestic animals including bison (not buffalo), deer, eagles and a variety of birds. The highlight of the day was the Terry Redlin Art Museum, one of America’s most beloved artists and conservationists. Anyone who has been to a Ducks Unlimited Dinner has probably seen his wonderful sunset prints of rural America.
Tomorrow is another rest day, but according to locals, we’ve seen it all, so I guess I’ll catch up on my reading. Almost all the feeling has returned to my left hand and I feel good. We’ll be back on the road Wednesday morning and I am looking forward to it, patience is not one of my virtues, plus its another mile closer to home, my friends and Rockford.
We are in Watertown, SD, a beautiful city of 25,000 and lots to do. Monday is a scheduled rest day, but we just reached 400 miles in only 6 days of biking, way ahead of our planned 50 to 60 miles per day pace. So we are going to stay here for 2 days and let my legs, etc heal, rest, recover and rejuvenate. Riding mile after mile is a lot like the Eagle’s Hotel Californis, you can check out, but you can never leave.
While I can’t wait to get home, we are having a great time meeting people, see Rosa, mother of 4 the waitress at the Playhouse Restaurant in Clark, SD, who told us all about what to see and do in Watertown. The sign above her is hard to read but it says, MAYBE ITS NOT HOME SWEET HOME-ADJUST.
My blog yesterday wasn’t the most optimistic of how I was doing physically, so today was a big test for me and I’m happy to report that I am feeling better and really looking forward to rest. I’ll will be on Channel 23 tomorrow with Aaron and Andy and will elaborate more. Thanks to everyone who called, emailed texted, etc to encourage me, it meant a lot.
85 miles today and I am in trouble ,exhausted. Towns are few and far between and motels even rarer. So I have to push on and on and on. I never planned to cover this many miles by really had no choice. The result right now is dead legs and numb left hand from gripping the handle bar. Tomorrow is Sunday, but I need to make Watertown, SD, 70 miles away. don’t ask me why I just need to and there I can rest on Monday. Tomorrow I will find out what I can really do and if I can overcome this temporary (I hope) set back. It sure gets lonely out there too.
Big Kudos to Jay and Barb Brost for letting us use their new Ford F-150, a dream truck. It has been a refuge for me along the way when the heat got so intense. Fortunately, the weather is turning in my favor and the high tomorrow is predicted to be 81 degrees. I’ve been able to dodge two storms so far so haven’t had to pull out the rain gear. We also had to take a detour due to a bridge out and are now on Route 212 rather than 12. I should be in Minnesota on Tuesday
The emails, texts, calls, facebook comments and blog comments have really helped keep me going. It really raises the spirit when I get them. Thanks so much to all who have responded. Strangely, I look forward to tomorrow to see how I can work through this, its 12:30 am.
On the first day I felt some pain in my second toe but just ingored it, but by noon of the second it was getting much worse. At a break I took off my sock and the nail was turning black indicating bleeding and the nail felt loose. To correct this, I wrapped it in medical tape to keep it from coming off but the med tape would come off. So, the man thing to do was stop at a hardware store and get duct tape…problem solved.
A looooong day, 94 miles from Lemmon, SD to Mobridge, SD, I never thought it possible to go that far, but tomorrow is a rest day and I feel better already. We met some great people along the way and NO, we are not stay in the jail tonight. In Lemmon, the local paper, The Dakota Herald, LaQuita Shockley, Editor, interviewed me this morning after talking to Andy on 23. She was a real delight and loved seeing Homer’s bones and hearing about Burpee and all that we do. She took many pictures and we will be posting hers tomorrow.
Our first stop along route 12 was in McIntosh, SD, the Tigers, at the local grocery store and bought skim milk and donuts. One of the advantages of biking all day is I eat whatever I want. Bob gave Cassie, mother of Brady and Bailie, Burpee bone ink pens which we are handing out along the way, they are a big hit. Not long after this, I hit the 200 mile mark and we stopped to take a picture.
Crossing the Missouri was a wonderful experience, its an amazing ride and the lake is beautiful, Lake Oahe, I have no idea how to pronounce this. The locals told us the fishing is great here and many come for fishing vacations. I’m looking forward to a rest day tomorrow and then back on the road Friday, headed to Aberdeen. I am feeling good and my minor health issue is stable as long as the duct tape holds ups. By the way Bob is good too.
Have you ever stubbed your toe in the middle of the night? That’s how my whole body feels right now, 135 miles and we are in Lemmon, South Dakota, a day ahead of schedule. On the whole, I feel pretty good. I trained hard for this, so I’m going to be ok, but nothing I did prepared me for these hills.
Bob is doing good too, the air conditioning in the truck was a little too cold for him today, but he’s ok now and has recovered nicely. He just needs a good nights rest.LOL
This TREK bike is great!!! Kudos to them and Skip at Rockford Bicycle Company on Perryville Road. It has performed flawlessly and get compliments whenever we stop. We met a teachers wife, Kim from Wisconsin and are now big fans of Burpee, Hi Kim! We also met Bootsy the Bull Hauler who has actually been to Rockford and we are meeting him later for a coke.
Amazing day!!!! It started at 6:45 with an interview with Aaron and Andy on Channel 23 every weekday morning. We left at 8 am from the Medicine Creek Lodge heading to Baker, SD 25 miles away over the Black Hillsand 25 to 35 MPH winds. Two hours and 15 minutes later we made it. After a short rest off to Marmouth, ND taking a little over an hour to get there. We saw an amazing classic car museum and had lunch at the famous Pasttime Steak House, served nicely by Dale and Megan, heading back to Oregon on Saturday, Good Luck to them!
Then off to Bowman, finishing the day at 71 miles with no major issues other than a minor one that medical tape is dealing with. If it gets worse, I’ll let you know what I do about it.
A big thanks to Bob Kantner, my partner in crime on this journey. If has taken the entire month of August off to make this trip happen. I couldn’t have done this without him thanks again Bob.
This morning at 6:45, Channel 23′s Aaron Wilson broadcast live from the McDonald’s at Harrison and Alpine in celebration of their “Grand Re-opening”! Appearing at the grand opening was Ronald McDonald seen pictured here with special guests, Alan Brown, Director of Burpee and Homer, the little Triceratops from Montana. Homer and Director Brown appeared live with Aaron and the 23 news gang including Andy Gannon, promoting the bicycle journey from Montana to bring the last of Homer’s bones to their new home at Burpee Museum, here in Rockford. You can be a part of this event, by pledging to Channel 23 and helping them meet their goal of $23,000, or you can go to the Burpee website, www.burpee.org, and pledge directly to the museum.