Just a quick check-in from outside Des Moines, IA. Last night’s rest in a motel seems to have done its job and my knee is much better. I rode 85 miles today and feel fine. I’m pretty sure the knee was just hurting from too much use right after some time off the bike, and is fixing itself like my left knee did a month and a half ago.
I should be crossing to Nebraska in a couple of days, and ready to start the Cowboy Trail by Saturday. Then South Dakota early the next week, and in and out of Badlands National Park by or before the time it’ll presumably start to fill up with crowds on Friday, July 1.