Another 125 miles....
Trip Start May 06, 2012
41Trip End Jun 26, 2012
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Fortunately the winds hadn't died down so I got on my bike and set off for Minot 125m away. Though the first 15 or so miles were not easy given that they were due North which unfortunately meant I was buffetted for an hour or so by strong cross winds I was comforted by the knowledge that I would be turning soon and would then have 110 miles of support, so I pedaled on without complaint and with a smile.
The road was not as bad as I had been told
This industrialisation has also meant there there is a huge amount of industrial traffic, from a stream of never ending trucks to huge equipment carriers. This is not so much fun on a single lane road, even with the huge run offs that I enjoy, but fortunately, the road to Minot was mainly duel carriage way. Thought the road was as busy as I had been told and though cycling on a duel carriage way is not fun, the fact that it was duel carriage meant that I didn't feel in danger given the lorries and trucks weren't cramped which was a blessing. Unfortunately, there were no real places to stop for food so I pushed on and about 6-7 hours later I arrived.
However, I did stop at one gas station on the way to refuel on some chocolate and discovered the most incredible sights which you can see in the pictures below
It is also quite interesting how changeable the weather has been. I have had every kind of precipitation and now most temperatures from the 30s to the 90s. The wind chill is also a big issue. When I stopped the few times that day, it wasn't for long because I got cold very quickly given the 20mph winds, but once you are cycling you don't feel the winds and so the key is just to keep going!
So now I had done 275m in 2 days.... it was a good feeling as was the fact that I had checked into a Motel right by Minot Mall which would enable me to do a bit of shopping and even visit the cinema - you know how much you are struggling for company when a cinema seems like manna from heaven! Tomorrow would be a day off - or so I thought!