May 30, 2012
Distance today = 53.28 km; Total distance = 7013.27 km; Location = Pierre – 44 22.231′ N, 100 21.579′ W; Start time = 0908, Finish time = 1648
Some days you expect to be tough, and when they aren’t, it’s a real bonus. Today was a case in point.
The weather forecast was for a cold and rainy day, and it was. Added to that, there were no towns at all along the way – just grassy, treeless prairies. But I felt good despite the weather and terrain, and ran strongly all day.
Because of the lack of “purchasing opportunities”, Carmel brought me out a Big Mac for lunch on the road. Basic but effective.
I reached a couple of milestones today. I passed the 7,000 km mark and I crossed the Missouri River as I ran into Pierre. Pierre is the capital of South Dakota. With a population of just over 13,000, it is the second least populous state capital in the US. From what I can see, however, it looks to be a very nice place, nestled snugly up against the Missouri River, which is about 600 metres wide at this point.
When I reached our motel, I was met by Nick from the Capital Journal, who conducted an interview. I also learned that the Days Inn Motel has provided us with a great rate, and an upgrade to a room with a jacuzzi – I can’t wait to sample it. Thanks Days Inn Pierre.