RASDak riders push through heat and windy conditions with help from a young man

13-year-old Lanford DeKam hands out beverages to RASDak riders in Platte before they take off...
13-year-old Lanford DeKam hands out beverages to RASDak riders in Platte before they take off for their day's ride.(Shane Trail)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 12:54 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - RASDak is quickly becoming a popular event in the Mount Rushmore State.

This year’s week-long ride started in Pollock on June 6 and will end in Vermillion.

Lisa Brumbaugh, a yearly RASDak Participant, says the ride has been fun, but it hasn’t come without its challenges.

“The only thing is we’ve been bucking wind that’s been up to 23 miles per hour, but there’s a large amount of people that will support us through the ride,” Brumbaugh said.

One of those supporting them, 13-year-old Lanford DeKam, who is doing his part to keep the riders hydrated during their more than 400-mile journey.

“I just thought that these guys would be thirsty, and I just felt like it was the right thing to do,” DeKam said.

When he saw the cyclists rolled into Platte Thursday, he spent 26 of his own hard-earned dollars to fill up a couple of coolers with ice-cold beverages. The young man is giving them away to the riders for free.

“I feel like I’m doing something, and I’m feeling happy about that,” DeKam said.

That small-town hospitality is just one of the things RASDak participant Tim Peckinpaugh has enjoyed during his first visit to South Dakota.

“People here are so friendly,” Peckinpaugh said. “They tend to be very warm and hospitable and everyone here, all the towns that we’ve gone to, everyone’s been very welcoming to us.”

Peckinpaugh lives near Los Angeles, California, and has participated in rides all throughout the country, but says the ride across this state has been one of the best he’s ever been on.

“It is beautiful here, you guys have some wind which makes it interesting to ride in, but we’ve gotten to see things that we never would’ve otherwise seen, so it’s fantastic here,” Peckinpaugh said.

RASDak Treasurer Bob Thimjon says this is the first year the ride has gone from north to south.

“The views we had of the Missouri River, amazing,” Thimjon said. “It’s been a great ride.”

And, while the riders still have a ways to go, with a little help from Lanford, they’ll arrive at the final destination Saturday, June 12.

For more information about RASDak, click here.

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