So I've got a good story idea, a great ending, an idea for two sequels, and about 30K words under my belt. The problem? I don't know what to do with the next 40K words. I know where I'm going, but I haven't figured out how to get there without boring myself and my reader. The first 30K words have kept up a pretty good pace, and I (hope) I've done a good job of dropping in bits of backstory without the info deluge we're all afraid of, but I don't know where to go from here. And since I'm the writer, no one else can really help me out.
The problem with stories is that logically thinking through what your characters would do next will only get you so far. Even in the admittedly dramatic and bizarre circumstances I've put them in, I think normal people would probably give up. And that would make for a pretty craptastic book. And more than that, I need things to happen to them to keep the story rolling. I've sat on it for a week now, mulling it over, and I've still got zip.
So I turn it over to you guys. What exercises/techniques do you use to inspire future plot points? How do you keep your stories from slagging in the middle?