Mitchell, South Dakota: Today’s 74.4 mile ride was an easy one compared to some previous days. To beat the 90+ degree heat, we loaded at 6am then cycled over to Anchor Inn in Chamberlain for a quick breakfast (I carbo loaded with oatmeal and pancakes, eggs and hash browns) before setting off. It was a pleasant day of riding through farm country.
By noon we were in Mitchell, which boasts the world’s only Corn Palace, built in 1892. Every year the murals on the exterior of this multi-use space changes, and the murals are made of — you guessed it! — corn. It’s a differentiator, but a bit corny (no pun intended) for my tastes.
The big news today is I am awaiting some special visitors. My son and folks, who have been spending the summer on Stonefield Farm, will arrive in Mitchell any minute now. Tonight we will go to a rodeo at the Corn Palace. Tomorrow I cycle to Sioux Falls and somewhere along the way pass the 2,000 mile mark! I have the rest of the weekend off. It’s like a vacation within a vacation. I resume normal speed cycling on Monday when we cross into the great state of Minnesota.
More later about the rodeo.
Day 26 summary:
Day 26 Route: Chamberlain to Mitchell, South Dakota
Day 26 mileage: 74.4 miles
Cumulative mileage: 1,966.5.10 miles per my odometer
Day 26 Climbing: 1,000 feet
Cumulative Climbing: 65,500 feet of climbing
Terrain: flat, farmlands