Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
from Murdo to Chamberlain, SD
Date: 2006-08-24
Distance: 116 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 5.81 Hours
Average Speed: 19.90kph

Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 2,835 Kilometres



Thoughts for the Day


The time change that we passed through yesterday gave us another cool hour of cycling today. Clouds stuck around till about noon. The wind stayed mostly to our backs except for the last two hours when it blew into our faces. All contributed in completing the 116 kilometres from Wall and be in the motel by 2:30 pm. It was much appreciated. Then the sun did its normal trick and the temperature rose.

The cycling today was in roiling hills with only a few challenging hills. Not much to say about today’s landscape as it was just prairie lands, same and mundane.

  The Second Crossing of the Missouri River

  The last crossing was at Three Forks back in Montana.


Chamberlain is a town of about 2,000 people that really feels more like a much larger town. Multi-resident housing was predominant in the downtown part of the town. The streets and houses were fairly clean. The downtown buildings were interesting in their turn of the century style.

Two highway bridges and a railway bridge cross the Missouri to Chamberlain that lies at the water edge. That means a climb out of here in the morning.

  A park ran along the dykes protecting the town from ice log jams that develop on the river from time to time. In the park there was a restaurant facing the river where we ate tonight, watching a wind storm develop.

  John was relating about the touring cyclist from Boston that he met on the road yesterday. The cyclist of about 30 years in age is making his way to the west coast. He noted that he has not encountered any other touring cyclists until John, since Chicago. In the East he saw many. After experiencing this ride so far, it is his thinking that he might use his motorcycle the next time.


Cycling Facilities



I-90 Paved Shoulders

  Today we cycled through the best of paved shoulder and some of the absolute worst. It seems to change by county. Maintenance is the big issue. Most of the rethread tire pieces had been picked up from the shoulders.

  Rumble Strips

One of the road sections which had a concrete surface had rumble strips incorporated into the outer lane by the white edge line, rather than on the paved shoulder. The strips were intermittent with about a 7 metre separation. The strips were quite cycleable.