Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Currently in Sioux Falls South Dakota, a little more than 3800 miles into the trip. Haven't had internet access the last several days as I have been riding through South Dakota ranch and farm country.

Had a little excitement in White Lake South Dakota on Monday evening. A major thunderstorm started during the early evening and the sirens announcing a tornado went off, fortunately the storm just produced a lot of wind and rain.

The rolling ranch and farm land of South Dakota has brought back many memories of growing up on a farm in Eastern South Dakota. Endless wheat and corn fields and many small farming communities.

Toured the Corn Palace in Mitchell South Dakota on Tuesday. If you haven't heard of the corn palace, it is a community event center that is decorated outside and inside on an annual basis with thousands of ears of multi-colored corn. It began about a century ago as a way to celebrate the corn harvest and has continued to this day. Over the years numerous entertainers have performed at the annual celebration. One of my memories of growing up was going to the Corn Palace as a kid to watch The Three Stooges perform in person. Also watched numerous high school basketball games, played in the high school band and wrestled in the state wrestling tournament.

The bike is in the shop having a new rear wheel built. The wheel I put on in Denver simply can't take the pounding of the rural back roads and I have had several spoke problems in the last week.

Will be spending the next 2-3 days visiting family and friends before hitting the road again.

Have a great day!


At July 30, 2008 3:18 PM , Anonymous Chris Bessler said...

Mel, so that's where all our corn comes from. I wanted to mention to readers of your blog: Remember that YOU, dear reader, can donate or pledge money to this great ride Mel is doing! On the main page, click the Donate or Pledge buttons to do that. Let's put some payoff on Mel's hard-earned miles.

At July 30, 2008 3:31 PM , Anonymous Bill Berg said...

Mel: really great pictures. Perhaps you have an entirely different career ahead of you. By the way, it is easier to send comments to your blog now, so I expect you'll be getting more feedback and DONATIONS!
Ride On.

At August 6, 2008 7:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mel,
I am a board member for PAFE and I have to say I am so impressed with your progress on this trip. I'm not sure I could make it to Coeur d'Alene let alone the mid-west. I follow your ride each week or so and must say that what you are doing is not only enriching your life but those of us who are watching. Thanks for all the great pictures. Glad to hear you weren't injured badly during your accident. Too bad about the bike however. I know I speak for the entire board, thank you for making our organization and the Ready! for Kindergarten the beneficiary of the funds you raise. We talk about your progress each time we meet and what a challenge you have taken on. Someone coined the saying, "Where the hell is Mel?" It gets a smile from us all. I am wishing you well and keep the photos coming. I am not sure when you are due back to Sandpoint but I would love the opportunity to meet you and shake your hand with congratulations and thanks.
Best to you,
Stacy Temple


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