UPDATE, 22 October 2008

David and Chiva are taking a break from the Tour de Dog but are sure to plan another ride in the near future. A sincere thank you to all of you who helped David and Chiva in countless ways. The Tour de Dog would not be possible without your support. THANK YOU!

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Tour de Dog is past states: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, and New York.

Monday, July 14, 2008

The Nebraska Way

Over the last several days, Chiva and I have been biking Nebraska’s sea of golden-brown prairies while at the same time enjoying its welcoming people.

The biggest highlight thus far was spending a day at Grandma Sallie Sue’s ranch. Yet another grandma has graciously opened her home to the Tour de Dog. Thank you to all the wonderful grannies out there!

Along with her granddaughter Danielle, husband Lloyd and other town residents, we took pleasure in exchanging stories. It was fascinating to hear about their frontier lifestyles. Grandma Sallie Sue made sure to keep me well-fed and fixed me double-sized portions. If you ever visit the town of Harrison in extreme northwest Nebraska, make sure to pay a visit to Sallie Sue’s diner.

Chiva remained active and busy playing with mules, cows, roosters, and other local pups. Her new favorite hobby is leaping on top of giant bales of hay.

Even though we are east of the Rockies, the biking remains rather challenging. I will have biked 500 miles in the Cornhusker State by the time I am done with it. Days are long and hot and filled with dust and jumping locusts. A sentence in my last journal entry reads like this: My body’s tolerance for heat, dirt, ants, flies, and other forms of invertebrates appears to be an all-time high as I can soundly sleep anywhere.

Spirits remain high, and I look forward to continue traversing Nebraska to Iowa. A sincere thank you to those who took the time to write the networks I had listed. Hopefully we will hear something!


Tommy said...

Nice standoff with Chiva and the rooster. At least Nebraska is all down hill. :-) Ad you can always stop in the local bar and watch tom tour de france action.

Trisha said...

So, do you think Chiva learned her lesson with the 'snow bird' incident and determined that rooster would be too tough to swallow? She looked conflicted ;0)

tracy in dallas said...

Love the rooster stand off picture!! Haha. I'll let you know if Oprah or Ellen contact me concerning my story submission!

Meya said...

Hi Dave,

thanks for calling the other day. It was really fun talking to you! And think about biking through Sweden instead. The girls will be all over you (they like americans ;)


Chiva and David Sylvester said...

The rooster held its ground with Chiva. Chiva appears to have mellowed out with birds this trip...or maybe the birds are just tougher around the Midwest. Squirrels and marmots still need to be on the lookout. You never know when the wolf might come out of her.

Anna and Meya, please notify the Swedish Bikini Team Tour de Dog is biking east and on its way over!!!

eliza lou said...

i think that the chiva vs. rooster picture needs to be a t shirt.....perhaps to sell and have the proceeds go to your trip and charity?