Sept. 8, Ft. Thompson SD, Great DayPosted: September 8, 2011
Very open, rolling grassland, west side of Mo. R. Lots of hard climbing – 75 mi, cool, clear w/bit of a headwind all day. Three neat events. Coming up long climb and can hear lots of cow noise ahead-mooing, howling, mueing- cresting hill there are six cowboys moving a large angus herd across the road. Three guys horseback, three fourwheelers, one dog. I get to watch for about 10 min as 600 head are moved. Next I’m about to stop for mid-morning snack, pick spot up ahead by large stack of hay rolls. As I coast to stop golden eagle launches from hay stack. Finally, just before noon, grinding up long hill in granny gear slowly come up to herd of good looking horses right by road. They startle and gallop up and over the hill – like in a movie. Very western events and scenery. Rode most of today and am spending tonight in Lower Brule Sioux Indian Reservation. First pic crossing Mo. R. to west side at sunup, looking west upriver. Second pic cowboy n herd road crossing complete. Third, lonely church on Res. Fourth view of town Lower Brule by river on Res.