The alarm went off at 6:30 and we were saying our goodbyes to Kevin and Jolene by 7:45. We again didn’t have a place to stay, so we had the freedom to see how far we could get. If all went well, we would have our longest ride and make it the 100 miles to Kadoka. If not, Murdo was about 60 miles away and there was also a town at 85 miles. We wanted to make it to Kadoka, because of it’s proximity to the Badlands loop for the next day.
After our positive experience the day before, we took I90 again. It was shorter and the scenery was basically the same, as the alternate route, old Highway 16, ran parallel for most of the way. The other advantage was that the interstate is more gently graded than the old roads and, although it’s only a few feet each time, doesn’t tend to go as high or as low.
Back in Florida, we had seen a large number of lovebugs. Since then we hadn’t really been inundated with any kind of insect life. That was about to change, as we hit a huge number of locusts.
There were 2 main things about the locusts. The main problem was with the huge number of them, we ran over what seemed a massive amount. It was both disturbing and distracting to hear them constantly crushing under my wheels. I tried to avoid them, but as the floor was littered with them that proved impossible. The second issue was that they liked to jump up and into my bare legs which made me jump every time.
A seemingly random point in South Dakota would see us make our second time zone change, from Central to Mountain. I had assumed that time zones would follow state lines, but I was wrong. It meant that we were now 7 hours behind the UK which would mean we would have to make our phone calls during our McDonalds breaks rather than at the end of the day. Arriving at our destination at 3pm would now make it 10pm back home, a little late to be calling as it always takes us time to settle when we arrive.
We had seen lots of signs for 1880 town and so decided to take a rest stop there. It was about the right distance for our water bottles to need filling again and close enough to Kadoka that the water should last us all the way. We had foolishly hoped that it was possible to look around for free, as it turned out to be $8 each we chose not to. We stood around talking to the guy at the ticket counter for a while about the local area who offered us teen tickets which were $5 each, but it was still more than we wanted to spend.
Back on the bikes we finished the ride to Kadoka, our first century, and I was pretty glad to be off the bike. My water had run out and it was in the high 90s even though it was past 5pm, so I was getting dehydrated. We found a grocery store where we bought copious amounts of calories and then a campground where we put up our tents, showered, ate and then collapsed.
Not long after we got in to our tents around 8pm, a storm hit. There was huge lightning and thunder and some decent winds. I fell asleep reading Harry Potter. C apparently got woken up during the night to find the front of her tent collapsed and in need of re-pegging.