The past 10 days has, in my opinion, been where I learned the most. Visiting the National Parks was a completely new experience for me because I’ve never been to such naturally beautifully preserved areas before. Specially with ones with so much history. I loved learning about the Lakota Sioux and their Native American history. I feel so inspired by their art and way of life.
It was also fascinating to piece together the Lewis and Clark history. I’ve learned with the places I’ve been to. It’s easy to imagine what was going on through their heads as they traveled westward and discovered all the places like the Dakota Badlands, Tetons and the Black Hills. Overall this trip has been one fo the hardest things I’ve done; both physically and mentally challenging. But it has also been one of the best decisions I’ve made as I can’t count how many amazing experiences I’ve hat that I would not have had the opportunity to do so, otherwise.
Since I’m leaving tomorrow I’m filled with different emotions. I’m upset to go because I know there are so many things ahead in Oregon and California that I’ll be missing. At the same time ‘m excited to go because I can’t wait to tell people I know about my experiences. And, of course, have a home cooked meal.
To anyone who asks me if they should consider going on a trip like this I will tell them to think hard about it. But if they can, go without a backward glance. I’m so happy and appreciative to be able to be a part of this trip and am excited to be a part of this organization and to watch it grow in the future.
Cycled 76 miles today, passed dead frog lane, rode on flat straight endless roads, and got chased by ducks. Also got to see cute little muskrats 🙂 Now camping at Lewis & Clark Heritage City Park in SOUTH DAKOTA! (Lewis & Clark ACTUALLY camped here!!!!!!)
Oh and still not tired.
Can’t wait for tomorrow!
Today we set off at 7:30 for the very first day of tour. I felt pretty well prepared and was proud of myself for getting ready fast and getting on the road. The first half of the day went along better than I expected especially since Iowa is super flat, unlike the hills in NC. You can look out from the road and see miles and miles out because the land is so flat. Iowa also has lots of corn.
Unfortunately, after lunch, things turned to worse as I got a really bad sunburn rash on my legs which was very painful (I have a feeling I will be slathering on that aloe vera a lot), and got extremely cranky from being so tired, and hot. It was easy to compare myself to Aragon fighting to survive on his horse after being flung off a cliff (Lord of the Rings reference anyone?). I might have been a tad dramatic. The breaking point ended with me having a small mental breakdown by the side of the road but luckily was cheered up by Ms. Sue, Kevin, Jeimy, and Khin.
At the end of the day we totaled 72 miles ending Onawa, Iowa. All in all the first day was pretty rough and I am not looking forward to tomorrow, but I do know next week will be easier. Tomorrow me and Maysa plan on taking it slow and taking some awesome shots of the scenery.
– Kate the Great