Day 28: Its all downhill from here

Good sleep in the tent and i was up and ready to make the short ride to Dickinson. A mixture of still not feeling good, some high winds and day 6 legs made the start to the day quite tough. After a bit there was a turn off to the painted canyon view point. I had heard it was worth a look and ready for a rest so i went to check it out.


The Roosevelt park in Medora is home to bison. I thought it would be cool to see some but the park doesn’t offer tours and its a 36 mile route so i gave it a miss. However, at the view point, was standing a bison. I couldn’t decide if it was real or not cause it was so still, but after a while it did move and it looked mean.



The pictures aren’t great but i didn’t want to get too close on the bike. The rest of the day dragged on, but then just as it always does, my destination grew near. I got to 113th street, i guessed that 1st street was probably the centre of town, on a bike 100 streets isn’t so far, so i was encouraged. But soon i realised that each street had a north, south, east and west version and every combination of them possible. Eventually i arrived, and sourced somewhere to live. I had already decided that tomorrow would be a rest day, hopefully give me a chance to shake the illness. Usually i like to stay in a motel no rest days, but Dickinson prices were ridiculous, so i headed to a campsite. I arrived at the campsite, (after cycling the whole way through town) as i was waiting to check in, i saw a brochure for Medora. The brochure described Medora as the number one place in north Dakota. Great the first night in north Dakota and i had already been to the best place in the state. Its all downhill from here, and i don’t mean the roads. I set up camp and headed for my second consecutive steak dinner. Before dinner, i went to a supermarket to get a new tub of cream to avoid saddle sores. The previous tub i had was called sudacrem, the US version is less tactful, its called butt paste.


After dinner, i went back to the supermarket to get some supplies. All the while praying that i didn’t get accused of stealing the butt paste that i was still carrying. Fortunately i was able to leave uninterrupted. I went back to camp and got an early night with the joyous feeling of not setting an alarm. Oh and happy birthday to mum for today.



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6 responses to “Day 28: Its all downhill from here

  1. Kathleen

    Happy resting!

  2. Thank you. I had a great day. Not quite as energetic as yours! You were quite right to stay away from that big cow. It looked vicious! Hopefully you will feel better tomorrow . xxxxxx

  3. Sam, I must say that you’re doing a lot better than NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars – at vast expense so far it’s only managed 108m.

    However I have noticed a similarity in your photo uploads – there’s no traffic in either!

    It’s only a matter of time before Curiosity catches a Bison picture as well.

  4. ivan

    Hope the butt cream is working
    i have told the old girl it was not a cow but i bet it tastes as good
    Did you watch the whole me Murray,s match. The boy did well. I watched the first 2 sets
    Takis says hello and well done

  5. Don. Morrison

    Heres a topical one for the day…..

    A cowboy, who just moved to Wyoming from Texas , walks into a bar and orders three mugs of Bud. He sits in the back of the room, drinking a sip out of each one in turn. When he finishes them, he comes back to the bar and orders three more.
    The bartender approaches and tells the cowboy, “You know, a mug goes flat after I draw it. It would taste better if you bought one at a time.”
    The cowboy replies, “Well, you see, I have two brothers. One is in Arizona , the other is in Colorado . When we all left our home in Texas , we promised that we’d drink this way to remember the days when we drank together. So I’m drinking one beer for each of my brothers and one for myself.”
    The bartender admits that this is a nice custom, and leaves it there.
    The cowboy becomes a regular in the bar, and always drinks the same way. He orders three mugs and drinks them in turn.
    One day, he comes in and only orders two mugs. All the regulars take notice and fall silent. When he comes back to the bar for the second round, the bartender says, “I don’t want to intrude on your grief, but I wanted to offer my condolences on your loss.”
    The cowboy looks quite puzzled for a moment, then a light dawns in his eyes and he laughs.
    “Oh, no, everybody’s just fine,” he explains, “It’s just that my wife and I joined the Baptist Church and I had to quit drinking.”
    “Hasn’t affected my brothers though.”

  6. The Granny

    I notice that the butt paste used as a ‘come on ‘ to buy , the words ‘pleasant scent’. Now I’m no expert ,but I would think that in bison country using it could lead to attracting a few unwelcome followers ! Good luck! Xx

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