|From Behind My Eyes - The Adventures of Tim Stubbe||
Saturday I headed out from St Louis toward Kansas City Missouri. The temps were in the 90's and it wasn't the most pleasant of days, I got to Kansas City and decided to press on to St Joseph Missouri. Getting to St Joseph, I could see some serious clouds ahead and decided to put down for the night at the local Days Inn. A good thing for within 20 minutes of getting settled in my room the skies opened and the rains came down.
Sunday morning broke and it was clear and nice. The weather reports for Sioux Falls didn't look to good, so I decided to head up to Council Bluffs and check again. After a nice breakfast in Council Bluffs and with weather reports of Tornado/Severe Thunder Storms in eastern South Dakota, I decided to modify my route and see if I could slip in behind the weather by heading northwest through Nebraska. Heading west on Route 275 my path crossed with another rider and we struck up conversation as we stopped at bridge repair signals. Stopping in Nickerson Nebraska he introduced himself as "Stretch" and after talking about the trip, and since we were headed the same direction, decided to ride together.
When we left Nickerson the heat really picked up as we road through small towns on 275 the temps on the local banks were reading 95, 97, 100. Along with the heat came some pretty significant winds with a steady 20-25 and gusts close to 40. This made for a really hot and dry day 600 mile day for me. At one point my eyes were very dry from the wind and some salty sweat got into then causing some serious eye burning. We stopped at the next gas station and I picked up some Visine and applied a liberal amount to my eyes. After about 10 minutes they were feeling good enough to get back on the road. Arriving in Valentine NE, and with my body weary from the pounding of the wind and heat I decided this was about as far as I wanted to go. I found a hotel "Rosebud Casino" on the border of South Dakota and decided to put down there. After shower, I headed to the buffet (Fathers Day menu "Prime Rib" and I put my name in with an expected 1/2 hour wait. I sat down at one of the keno machines and put in $5 and after the 2nd pull I hit $100 so I pulled the money as my name was called and headed to the buffett. The prime rib was awesome. After I finished dinner, I decided to go back and see if I could give my money back to the keno machine. In 10 minutes I had won $300 so I decided not to press my luck and cashed out.. For a day of riding that was probably my worst, it ended up pretty well. Monday I'll head out to the Black Hills about 200 miles from here.