This was a nice, mainly northward ride up from the grasslands into the Black Hills and to Mount Rushmore National Monument on the way to Rapid City. It started with a steady 36-mile climb, but somehow that seems do-able these days. I rode mostly with Scott and Matt, which was enjoyable as usual. Ann and I will have dinner on our own this evening, which will be a nice change from the big group dinners, even though the group is great. We’ve covered over 1,600 miles so far, which is over 40% of the total distance of the trip. The time and the miles have flown by.