Day 79, July 17th – Puposky to Park Rapids, MN
After saying goodbye to Grandma, Grandpa, and my Uncle Randy I turned south and started pedaling. I took a quick break in Bemidji for lunch and continue west out of town. Lots of large forests ands several crossings of the not so mighty (anymore) Mississippi today. I was headed to Park Rapids where my uncle Steve has a beautiful cabin. I talked to my uncle Bob who live in Bemidji and let him know I was headed there. The day was passing faster than I imagined so the last 20 miles I hammered down. Cruising through Itasca Park was the highlight of todays ride. I didn’t know this at the time, but my uncle Bob mentioned that it is one of the few remaining “old-growth” forest left in Minnesota. The tall pines were awesome… it’s sad to think that such great trees used to cover the state but now are isolated to only a few locations.
Shortly after I got to my uncle Steve’s cabin, Bob arrived with a sampler pack of beer by Third Street Brewhouse, a MN brewery. Thank you Bob! We hung out playing cribbage and grilled some burgers. We also got to take a look at the progress garage under construction for Steve to store his boat on an classified lake… A project that just so happened to take place shortly after catching the biggest walleye we’ve ever seen. It was a great evening, glad that he was able to come visit.
Acts of Kindness: 3 – Breakfast at the Grandparents; Bob visited me at the cabin… and brought beer!; Steve let me stay at his cabin even though he wasn’t around.
Day 80, July 18th – Park Rapids…
Overslept!!! Big time… I wasn’t sleeping very well up stairs last night so I went down to the basement around 4 AM and slept in the “dungeon”. The room without any light or sound. I woke up at 1 PM! I never sleep this much! Well when I got upstairs and looked outside the trees were bent nearly 30 degrees from the crazy wind. It wasn’t to hard to convince myself to hang out another day. So instead of riding I spent the day (what was left of it anyways) trying to create some alcohol burning stove. These stoves are more compact and lighter weight than the Jetboil system I have. Unfortunately I wasn’t getting as good of results as I wanted from the stoves I build. I see some room for improvement though – I didn’t get a good enough seal between the burner top and stove bottom.
Day 81, July 19th – Park Rapids to West Fargo
After getting some breakfast, coffee, and my healthcare application submitted this morning I headed out. Thanks Steve for letting me stay! It didn’t take long into my ride before the woods thinned out and things started to flatten out. Soon the only trees left were those scattered about near farm homes or river beds. I kept pushing on after arriving at several potential camping locations mainly because the weather was so good. The idea of 20-30 mph headwinds was haunting me so I decided I better push on while the wind was pretty much dead. I actually made it through Fargo into West Fargo before calling it quits. I didn’t even know that I crossed into North Dakota, so no cool welcome sign shots.
I need to keep an eye out for a place to buy a pump. My last one disappeared after fixing the latest flat. My guess is it’s sitting right where I repaired it 🙁
Day 82, July 20th – West Fargo to …
It’s going to be a hot one!! Not really sure how far I’ll get… wasn’t expecting to update the blog this morning but decided I’d do it while I have wifi. I heard there’s another bunkhouse in Gackle, but that’s quite a haul.