Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 29: Sioux Falls, SD, to Worthington, MN

Today's Mileage: 70
Average Speed: 14.2 mph
Max Speed: 24.4 mph
Average BPM: Heart monitor stopped working
Max BPM: No heartbeat recorded
Calories Burned: If I had no heartbeat the entire day, I probably didn't burn any calories either
Moving Time: 4:49
Blog & Ride Details

We're in Minnesota. We cycled here from Oregon, don't cha know.

We commenced departure from South Dakota at dawn - or what we assumed to be dawn from underneath all of the cloud cover. Before we cycled off into soggy oblivion,Toronto Mark, who nicknamed me "Katie Scarlett" so that I could have a cool nickname like his wife's, took a photo of me reenacting a scene from Gone With the Wind below a sign for Scarlett O'Hara's Lounge. The sunlight on my backside is the last we saw of it until later in the afternoon.

And not only did Philip - who, by the way, has written like five books - discontinue the tour because of a wrist injury (we're all going to miss him), I learned that I can make the face of a pre-pubescent boy when I'm sad.

I haven't figured out though what this facial expression is that I'm making on Helen's blog; I'm taking suggestions. Charades, anyone?

I also did not realize how ridiculous I look in my rain gear until I had this photo taken at Sioux Falls, the waterfalls in - you guessed it - Sioux Falls. I look like I should be working in a meat packaging plant.

Today was our first really rainy day. We've had to deal with a few overcast skies and misty weather over the past three weeks, but today I was soaked anywhere that was not covered by my "screaming yellow" Pearl Izumi Women's Elite Barrier WxB Jacket.

The weather began to clear by early afternoon, but there was still water sloshing around in my cleats since my shoe covers were neatly - and inconveniently - packed away in my suitcase. After being waterlogged in my shoes for nearly five hours, I was unable to determine the odor coming from my drenched socks after the ride.

But are we still having a good time? You betcha!

More images from Sioux Falls to Worthington:

Click here to view my entire photo album of Day 29 [TBA].

The Ride Leader's Official Report:
Across America North:

1 comment:

Monique D. said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOVE the picture of you guys cycling with you in the front!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You should make that a profile picture. somewhere. And btw, i was cracking up at this blog! They bright outfit makes you look like an upside down exclamation point.