I didn't think I'd ever say this, but, northwestern Iowa is one of the most beautiful parts of this country.
Today, we rode 102 miles from Carroll to Sioux City. We climbed over 7,000 feet. It was our longest mile day and the most feet of climbing we have done so far, and it was all done with a headwind. Coming into Sioux City and seeing the YMCA atop a hill, I wasn't sure I had the energy to make it up. But I looked over at Sam and saw that he was thinking the exact same thing: sprint it. And we did and it was the perfect ending to an amazingly arduous yet beautiful ride. I also don't want to forget to thank Kristina of the Lutheran Church in Carroll for riding with us this morning and showing us the nice (flat) bike path.
I'll try to get some photos up later, but for now, shower time.