Day 36 - Monday, July 23, 2001
Valentine to Springview, NE
Got a late
start out of Valentine, as I needed to borrow the pump from the bike shop, which
didn't open until 9:00. It was actually a really well stocked bike and kayak
shop - they had Gary Fisher mountain bikes and even a Santana Sovereign tandem.
Coming out of town on Highway 12, there were actually a few steep, but short
hills going through the Fort
Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. This was also a highly forested section
by the river.
Soon the terrain returned to rolling sand hills in rural country. There were
only two towns in the middle of today's route - both unincorporated, and only
one with a general store (and a shaded campground - a good spot for lunch).
Today was a bit cooler than yesterday, but there was no cloud cover, so it felt
warmer to me.
Since I was tired from yesterday, and I got too late of a start today, I stopped
in Springview after 53 miles. Being the county seat, I figured it would be the
biggest town, although it only has 300 people. I'm at the hotel in town, since
thunderstorms are forecasted for tonight (although I'm just east of today's
severe forecast area). I'm not sure what the conditions will be like tomorrow -
the rain's no problem, just the lightning...
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