There are some things about bike touring that become banal. After seeing thousands of cows and corn fields, they don’t seem glamorous anymore. Despite the lack of glamor, here is a collection of scenes from my bike tour that I don’t get to see in my non-touring life. They serve as a reminder that there is beauty, even if you’ve already seen something one thousand times.
Prairie dogs apparently have a community life of their own, but I didn’t get to see any of the adorable cuddling they apparently do together.
Roadside waterfalls are commonplace, but I continue to be entertained by clear water falling from the sky.
Where does this two-track lead?
Wild sunflowers bloom in unexpected places.
I’m riding east, the wind is blowing east (usually), and the sun rises to the east. So the sunflowers show me their behinds, but the fields are yellow nonetheless.
Piles and piles of appliances sit across the country.
Cows have been my friends throughout this journey. These ones tentatively stared at me, then ran away. Note that they get to go to all the places humans can barely get to.
Ghost towns, with their shuttered windows and low populations, proliferate South Dakota. Abandoned buildings have become commonplace.
Believe it or not, there is corn everywhere!!
A few days later into my ride, the sunflower season has ended. Sunflowers are now dressed in black in mourning.
Lots. of. farm equipment.
In South Dakota, as in Montana, there are water towers that mark small towns.
Livestock in open range fields.