Good Morning South Dakota!
The teams trekked through the night. With the elimination of Checkpoints 23-25, all the teams choose a fairly straight line right through the heart of Custer State Park, passing near Sheep Draw, French Creek and eventually reconecting with the original course near Flynn Creek and buzzing down to Checkpoint 26 and then on to the TA at Elk Mountain for a bike leg down to Angustura Reservoir for the swim and swim orienteering legs before heading out on the long paddle down the Cheyenne River. Team Cordura/Osprey arrived into the Elk Mountain TA at 8:15 this morning, with Salomon/Crested Butte out just in front of them at 6:40am. The race leaders continue to be OrionHealth, as they arrived into the bike to swim transition at 7:10 this morning, which puts them a pretty solid 40 mile ahead of us, although we have closed up the 4.5 hour time difference a bit. Let’s see if we can make up some time on this bike leg.
Here are a couple more pictures from the climbing leg, just to give our followers an idea of what the teams went through just to get to where they are now!!
More later as we approach the water sections. For now, we continue to rock along in 3rd place, although have narrowed the gap on both OrionHealth and Salomon/Crested Butte a bit. Keep your fingers crossed that we can keep chipping away at those leads.
Keep smiling all and relish the fact that the weather has turned for the better.