Day 2 - Blair to South Sioux City, Nebraska
I am sweating in the tent at the municipal campground in South Sioux City, Nebraska. I am on the bank of the Missouri River. I can see Iowa over there waiting for me. The temperature has dropped way down to about 85.
I was on the road at 7:00 am to beat the heat. It was up to 90 yesterday, and it was supposed to be worse today. When I got in to South Sioux City, the campground office had the Weather Channel on. It was only 90, however, it was 75% humidity! That's a heat index of 107! It is oppressive. It is horrible. It's supposed to be even worse tomorrow.
Here is a picture of homes in Blair. Very tidy.
It looks like Tekamah, Nebraska is every bit as good as the East Coast for shoppping.
The first 30 miles after Blair are dead flat. You ride along the west edge of the floodplain of the Missouri River. The bluff is immediately to your left. You can see it in the picture behind Nordstrom's. I was flying along. But after awhile my legs started to feel funny, like they were about to cramp. But that couldn't be it, because I'd only ridden about 20 miles, and it wasn't hot yet.
A little ways farther, and I started to ponder on my handlebar positioning. Before I left, I installed a brand new seat mount for the T-Bone, and the seat is slightly farther back than it used to be. I was thinking that I should have gotten a different stem, because the handlebars were a little far forward.
A little ways farther, and I'm realizing that my feet are barely reaching the pedals. OK, that's enough. I pulled over and inspected the bike.
It seems I had not tightened the seat enough, and it had slid back almost 6 inches! The mounting bracket should be up against the post for the idler. That's a piece of innertube rubber in front of the bracket, so the bracket doesn't gouge the frame.
It stays flat to the town of Decatur. Then you go up onto the bluff and go through the Omaha and the Winnebago Indian Reservations. I saw that the high school mascot on the Winnebago res is the "Indians". I hope some activist group sends them a letter saying how they should change it because it's degrading to Native Americans. That would be funny. The picture below is on one of the reservations, I forget which.
There are abundant wildflowers on the reservations. There are whole fields of black-eyed susans. Great birds too. I saw an orchard oriole and a cuckoo.
After the reservations, you come off the bluff, and ride 20 miles on the floodplain to Sioux City. The municipal campground here in S. Sioux City is next door to a pool. That's how I dealt with the heat today.
Here's the map. It was 72 miles, and about 50 of it was high-speed cruising on the flat, flat floodplains.