This is a 2nd post in the same day… so if you think you missed a few days then you’re probably right. I snuck two blog posts in to spare you from blog overload.
Day 89, July 27th – Wibaux, MT to Circle, MT
After several loud train passings during the night we finally convinced ourselves to crawl out of “bed” and get the day going. Cooler temps and much calmer winds today. The first 30 miles of the ride pretty much had to be by interstate since the alternative nearly doubled the riding distance. It only took a couple hours to ride to Glendive, MT where I met up with pops for an early lunch. I was able to syphon some wi-fi off from the nearby laundry mat and restock the podcasts.
From Glendive, I pedaled on to Lindsay and then to Circle. Things are getting pretty dry out here. Large grass and wheat fields the extend almost as far as the eye can see. Occasionally badlands like landscapes pop out of the ground or appear on the backsides of a climb. In the town Circle, Dad had already found a spot we could camp at in the fairgrounds so I met him there. We made some pretty elaborate burritos and got some more cribbage matches in (I’m hanging on by one game in this series). Winds picked up out of the east before bed. Hopefully they continue tomorrow.
Acts of Kindness: 2 – Offered a ride up a hill by a driver today; Groceries picked up by Dad;
Day 90, July 28th – Circle, MT to Fort Peck
I took my time this morning… the winds from last night had disappeared. My dad and I were getting some reading in before packing things up. The water from the nearby spigots were a little sketchy and had a weird taste so we decided to filter a bunch for the long days ride. It was 75 miles to the next town with my planned “shortcut”. My route plan for the day cut 10 mile of any of the other route options that google and the ACA suggested. Granted I knew there would be some gravel and things would be even more remote – I was up for the adventure (and an adventure it was!). On my way out of town I bought a vitamin water and some fig newtons to get me through the alternative route.
About 11 mile into my ride the gravel began and shortly after civilization disappeared. The landscape soon became an arid and exposed. The road I was following soon went from gravel to dirt and a few soft/sandy spots had me walking my bike for short sections. With a rear tire drifting side to side as I descended loose hills, it sometimes felt more like slalom skiing by bike. After 30 miles without seeing a single soul I finally made it back on pavement. A few miles down the road I found some of the only trees in miles next to the road. Here I hung out waiting for my dad to pull up in big blue and have lunch. Good thing he was around because I was on my last water bottle (of 5 and 1/2) by this time with 30 miles to go. We set up chairs and enjoyed some lunch out of the back of the car in the shade before knocking off the last miles of the day.
Cruising out of the high desert / badlands-like landscape and down into Fort Peck was Fort Peck Lake, which is the result of a huge earth dam holding up the Missouri River. It’s the 5th largest dam in the U.S. Our camping spot for the evening was just below the dam. I was definitely thankful that they had showers today! Another good dinner and our nightly cribbage match (I lost the series) for the evening.
Acts of Kindness: 2 – Water and lunch stop with Dad… he scouted out the camping and picked up the bill too!
Day 91, July 29th – Fort Peck to Malt (in progress)
Another hot one again today and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I am currently in Glasgow, MT with some miles to put in yet, but finally updating the blog. Today marks my 26th birthday… half way through my 20’s!! How’d that happen already? Well, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing on my birthday. Glad my dad has been along for the past week. The trip continues to be an amazing experience and I can’t thank my family and friends (and strangers turned friends along the way) enough for all the support!
So with that… if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go ride my bike. 🙂
Funniest card ever! Totally appropriate for my gps experiences. Thanks Dad.I met Nick and Lulu on my way into Glasgow this morning. I dig the rig! On his way back to Kentucky before moving to Northern California.