Day 30: The invisible killer

To paraphrase the famous saying, if you can’t say anything nice about a state then don’t say anything at all. But this would make for very short entries for the next few days, so with the assumption that none of you are from north Dakota, the next few blog’s will be a combination of subtle and obvious insults aimed at Americas worst state.

Waking up early again was not fun, but more worrying, i felt even weaker than in the previous few days. But already significantly behind schedule, i got up and got going. Dickinson marked the end of my third map, and as a result, i was saying goodbye to Lewis and Clark and moving onto the northern tier. My aim last night was to get to the Minnesota border in 5 days starting with an 82 mile ride today. After a late start and some strong winds, it soon became clear that this was not going to happen. So the target changed to do the 82 miles in two days and hope that i feel better by then.

The route gave the option of taking the interstate or taking a more scenic route called the scenic byway. I decided to take the byway, whoever named it so must have a great sense of humour. Instead of trying to find nice scenery to take pictures of to put on here, my aim now became to find the best examples of the ‘scenic byway’ that i found throughout the day.
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As the day continued, the wind grew stronger. I was crawling along, the wind was coming straight from the north and was creating a strong and constant cross wind. I reached a town called Hebron, a possible destination for the day, but very unimpressed with the town, i decided to continue. I struggled on, the wind didn’t repent, but eventually i reached glen ullin. It became clear quite quickly that there was not a lot in the town, but it was too far to the next town and i was done for the day. I headed to the gas station which also acts as a pizza place and got dinner. I then headed to the campsite and set up. I was just finishing setting up camp when a couple arrived at the campground, tired after a tough days cycling. Garrett and Sara had cycled the same route that i had today, although they took the interstate and missed the beautiful scenic byway. They are doing a similar route to me to the east coast, then they are cycling down the coast and then back across again! We chatted until dark, its really nice to swap cycling stories, especially after a tough day. By now it was getting pretty cold, so we headed for bed. Tomorrows destination will depend on the wind.

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3 responses to “Day 30: The invisible killer

  1. Glad you have decided to keep the glorious scenic byway a secret. They wont want thousands of tourists flocking there looking to share it’s delights.Well done for getting through it. You are certainly drawing on inner reserves for this state.

  2. Les

    It’s so good to have you back online Sam – you are doing really well. I hope you feel completely well soon x

  3. Kathleen

    I didn’t mention the wind of the Dakotas to you when we met – hoping you would enjoy a tailwind. I guess that is not the case, dang!

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