Day 32: Beaten and burnt but Im still going

The last two days have been tough, but i still managed to get up and ready for another day. Today was to be less windy, but temperatures were to reach 38° by 3pm, so i set off. Again today was going to be a wait and see day in terms of destination, with two possible choices.

The day started with a bike route around the outskirts of Bismarck. Bismarck is the capital of north dakota, it is the first state capital for me, and the next one could potentially be Boston. Riding was much more pleasant than the previous two days, but still not easy. The wind was a lot weaker, but the road changed direction quite often, resulting in periods of side wind and head wind. But as they always do, the miles past by. Soon enough i was in hazelton, the first of the possible destinations. The temperature was beginning to rise, but by now Im kind of used to the heat. The next 25 miles to napoleon were all directly east, the destination of the wind. Staying Im hazelton or napoleon was unlikely to change the next days destination, but i decided to fight the heat and do the miles today while the wind was with me, instead of waiting until tomorrow, risking head winds.

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It turned out to be a great decision. Despite the heat, i flew along the road and was soon in napoleon. Keen to watch the US open final, i checked into a motel, got some dinner and then with my feet up, watched our man do the job. It was clear that my factor 30 sun cream was not quite strong enough, i probably could have cooked dinner on my arms. But despite the wind and the heat, i managed two 50 mile days and a 75 miler today. Short ride tomorrow, still on track to be outta this state only one day longer than originally planned.

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10 responses to “Day 32: Beaten and burnt but Im still going

  1. The Granny

    Hats off to ‘ Sam the Man’ !!!! Swear as much as you like—you are doing swell ! ( I hope you notice the Americanism creeping into my reply?)

  2. Catherine Heneghan

    Sounds like you have had a tough few days Sam. Amazing you are still up and going for it every day! well done. Big cheers from the Heneghans.

  3. well if these pictures are an improvement on the scenic it must have been bad! I have never seen such emptiness. I’m beginning to wish for the odd bear to liven up your day. Keep those legs turning and get out of there. xxxxxx

  4. Howie and girls

    Hi Sam, keep going strong! we are all very proud of you.
    As you know your Dad is staying with us in Johannesburg (while visiting with Ruben) You may recall the last time he stayed with us we had a “veld” fire on the “koppie” behind our house, with 20 foot flames that scorched our home. Well never a dull moment with your dad, last night we experienced a hail storm of biblical proportions, and returned home from my birthday celebrations to ankle high mounds of ice.
    Then there is the suspicious matter of the wet patch in his bed, but as I know your Mom reads these comments we happy to blame our new puppy.

  5. Les

    We had pictures today so that’s good ! Reminds me of that old nursery rhyme ‘The wheels of the bus ( bike ) go round and round, round and round …….” You are getting there Sam, so many people rooting for you!! xx

  6. Don. Morrison

    Sammy
    Billy Ocean ( probably your Mum and Dad and not old enough to remember him!
    Anyway he had a top ten hit with

    When the Going gets Tough
    the Tough get Going !

    Feels like you are earning that hit!
    Keep up the adventure look forward to attending your adventure lecture and slide show at the Village Institute.
    “Sammy across America” good title.

    Likely to be out of touch next week but will be turning every revolution with you….

  7. Don. Morrison

    Sorry ! but thought you may enjoy another bunch of stupids!
    SOME TOMMY COOPER CHUCKLES
    1. Phone answering machine message: ‘If you want to buy marijuana, press the hash key.’
    2. A guy walks into the psychiatrist wearing only cling-film for shorts. The shrink says, ‘Well, I can clearly see you’re nuts.’
    3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly so they lit a fire in the craft. It sank, proving once and for all that you can’t have your kayak and heat it.
    4. Man goes to the doctor with a strawberry growing out of his head. Doc says, ‘I’ll give you some cream to put on that.’
    5. ‘Doc, I can’t stop singing: ‘The Green, Green Grass of Home.’
    Doc says, ‘That sounds like the Tom Jones Syndrome. ‘
    ‘Is it common, doc?’
    ‘Well, it’s not unusual.’
    6. So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says to me ‘Can you give me a lift?’
    I said ‘Sure, you look great, the world’s your oyster, go for it.’
    7. Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.

    • Thanks for all the jokes Don. I hope your trip in the borders was good. The weather is cooking down here, the ever present threat of rain, its like riding in Scotland again. Keep the jokes coming.

  8. Dad

    It all plain sailing from now Sam

    Well done with the effort so far.
    Hope you having a good day so far

    I had a bit of a problem tonight had a great meal with Burt but getting back to Hermi and Howards house managed to set off the alarm all hell broke loose.

    Back to Scotland tomorrow

    Keep up the good work

  9. Kathleen

    Wise of you to take advantage of tailwinds while you have them!

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