Day 16 — Murdo, SD. We left the Black Hills this morning with a nice tailwind and headed toward Badlands National Park, where we had lunch. Along the way we saw lots of prairie dogs, antelope, and even buffalo! The Badlands are truly amazing. The temperature started to creep up about the time we got there to give it a real desert feel. We could see the topography change all day from agricultural/ranch land to desert to now more scrub brush. Unfortunately real trees seem to be a thing of the past, making headwinds tougher. The wind did eventually turn to come from the north but was never that bad. Also, at the start of the day we could still see mountains on the horizon, but not now! It was a long day but everything held together. Today’s ride was 147 miles with 4,100 feet of climbing. Currently in the metropolis of Murdo (below).