I left the hotel about 08:15 and immediately noticed there was not a headwind- in fact, I had a light tailwind! My first tailwind of the ride! During the day it varied from about 5-15 mph but it was always a quartering to a full tailwind! It took me under 4 hours to ride the 67 miles to Chester! The road had some gentle ups and downs which made for a very pleasant ride. I think the small hills are the distal small folds associated with the Rockies. Like when you shove a blanket- you get big folds proximally and small folds distally. I also dropped down about 900 feet of elevation over the ride. I saw mainly wheat but also one other crop which I documented photographically- perhaps someone following this blog can identify it for me. I am stopping at all the historical markers. The marker describing the Baker massacre gave me pause- that was a rough time in US history… And the trains! Trains go by constantly and they are 1-2 miles long! Most have two locomotives up front and two at the rear of the train. Some are mixed car types, some are all grain cars and some are all oil cars-presumably coming from the Bakken in North Dakota. Daily mileage: 67, trip miles: 925
Wheat fields! One day I hope to see sorghum, and even corn!