Sunday we covered a lot of territory. Neighbor Dave's brother and girlfriend were visiting, and she had never been here before so we tried to pack as much into one day as we possibly could. Made for sore butt cheeks by the end of the day, but it was fun. And Ole's leg held up quite well, although I didn't. By the end of the day my back was killing me, which precipitated a visit to a local chiropractor yesterday.
He was a young guy, just out of school by about a year, and when he was done working me over I told me that I wished he practiced in my City. I also asked him if he rode a motorcycle and his response was "No, he was a cowboy, raised on a ranch up by Bowman, ND, so he stuck to horses, not bikes."
Speaking of ranches/farms: there is a father son combination camping next to us who are from Huron, SD. They've camped in the same spot for the last 5 years, just like we have, so you kind of get to know people that keep coming back to the same place. Dad and Son operate 6000 acres, 3000 on which they grow wheat. Can you imagine looking at all that grain waving in the wind? I'm sure it's a beautiful site. On the other 3000 acres they raise beef cattle and horses.
Another couple that we've gotten to know, Rocky and Billie, are from Kansas and have also been camping in the same spot for the last 5 years. They have a black lab named Norton who is a real hoot. He's everyone's buddy and always comes running out to greet you and lick you all over whenever he sees you.
Our weather has been great for biking - it's been hot and so far we haven't had to deal with any rain. There have been storms, but they've all gone around us - way different than last year when we had to contend with lots of storms, rain and even large hail.
John McCain spoke at the Freedom Rally at the Buffalo Chip campground last night. We would have loved to have attended, but when we checked it out the tickets just to get in the gate of the Buffalo Chip were $63 a head - and the security, as you can imagine, was horrendous. You had to be in the secured stage area by 3 o'clock in the afternoon and from then on you weren't allowed to leave. McCain wasn't scheduled to speak until 7:30, so that would have been a very long wait in the hot sun.
Ole's leg continues to improve daily which is certainly a good thing. I truly had some major concerns when we started out on this trip and over the first day or so. But things so seem to be turning around a bit on that issue. So we're having a great time, although keeping a very low profile. Lots of the rides that we take every year will have to be put on hold until next year. But that's okay - at least we're here and on a vacation that we both needed very badly.
So hop on the back here - hold on tight because there are a few bumps in the road.