Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July 19, 2015, Sioux City to Storm Lake

There are days that you just want to bike and bike and bike and not have the day end, this is one of those days. I’ve be training enough that the 77 miles and over 4000 feet climb just was just about right, though I might have been able to complete a century if required. The temperatures were cool in the morning warming up in the afternoon, but not too hot. The climbing was over 4000 feet, but the max grade was maybe 6% but most of the time about 3%, which is very do able.

I was awoken at about 4AM to the sound of other riders taking down their tents and trying to get an early start on the day. There was no need for that, we didn’t really push that day and were into camp by 4PM. A long day, but there was no need for a extremely early start. Our little group of 6 were on the road by 7AM.

After getting setting up our tents and showering, we headed out for dinner. We were far enough out of the main part of the town that we weren’t close to the churches that host dinners, so we headed off down the road to a Pizza Hut that was within walking distance of the camp site. We followed dinner with a trip to the local Dairy Queen for some well deserved ice cream. We also received a heads-up from another rider to expect rain shower in the early morning hours before returning to the campsite and turning in for the night.

77.67 miles
4,000 plus feet of climbing

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