For lunch, we stopped in Valentine for the best salad I've ever eaten at a McDonalds. I took a work call because we had cell service for the first time in a long time and then I attempted to rinse the sweat off of my body in the bathroom sink. It wasn't very effective.
By the afternoon, the 20 mile per hour tailwind from the southwest had turned into a 25 mile per hour cross/headwind from the southeast and we were beat. We sat by the side of the road for 30 minutes, saw one car, and watched a monarch butterfly flap in vain as it tried to get to Mexico. We settled down for the night just off of Turbine Road in the one bedroom house that we rented in Springview after 100 long, hot miles.