Wednesday, March 30, 2011

48-Hour Gut Check

Just learned about a phenomenal opportunity to submit myself to a couple days of torture--riding across South Dakota on Lonesome Highway 212, through some of the most isolated parts of the US of A.  On a bicycle!  Just think, I'd pass through Belle Fourche, Fruitdale, Nisland, Newell, Mud Butte, Faith, Red Elm, Dupree, Lantry, Eagle Butte, Parade, Ridgeview, LaPlant, the Missouri River Bridge, Forest City, Gettysburg, Seneca, Faulkton, Redfield, Frankfort, Doland, Clark, Henry, Watertown, Krantzburg, and Dawson.  All those miles (412 of them) and only go past one Wal-Mart, in Watertown.

The fun starts August 12, high noon, unless you're doing the "Hell and Back" version (824 miles), going both ways, which starts August 10.  If you've traveled this road, you know what a zen-like state you'll be in when you arrive in Minnesota.

It's the Gut Check 212.  Check your gut!  Starts here and ends here.  The record is 20 hours and 48 minutes, ridden by Bruce Martens in 2010.  Way to go, Bruce!  Just short of 20 miles per hour.  Yikes.

5 comments:

Phil B said...

Sounds like an awesome ride! That is one regret I have is never doing a long ride across the state like that. Good luck with it. Of course, riding that route in August might indeed be the definition of hell...

JN said...

There might be more of a gut-check than you think, ending up with no gut at the end after riding that far in the heat of August.

Biking Librarian said...

I had heard of this ride and think it is perfect for you now that you are riding so much. Myself, I just signed up for the Tour de Kota since it is my last summer here for quite some time. Join me!

Biking Librarian said...

Sounds just like you.. Myself, I just signed up for the Tour de Kota since it will be my last summer here for some time. Join me!

JN said...

The TDK starts the same day as the Mickelson Trail half marathon, so it's doubtful I'll be there for the biking, although a day or two might be a possibility.

There are other DSU people signing up for the TDK. We'll see!