As of Thursday afternoon, the weather looks (relatively) favorable for Saturday’s ride. Skies should remain clear and dry throughout the day all along Highway 281, although temperatures reaching as high as the mid-90s—with heat indexes nearing 100°F—will cause some significant discomfort. Importantly, there seems to be almost no chance of dangerous storms: always an area of concern on the Great Plains in June.

Due to the heat, riders should be extra careful to avoid heat stroke and exhaustion. Drink additional water a day or two before the trip. During the trip, drink often enough to avoid feeling thirsty. Riders who do not use a Camelback (or other means of hydrating while underway) may need to pull over for water breaks in between fuel fill-ups. Electrolyte replacement is also wise, such as powered supplements or alternating water with sports drinks.