A rude re-awakening

Trip Start May 06, 2012
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Trip End Jun 26, 2012


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Thursday, June 7, 2012

The flight back to Fargo via Minneapolis went smoothly, so smoothly in fact that I was able to get into Fargo in time to pick up my bike which had been having it's own holiday in recuperative therapy at the Great Northern Bicycle shop in Fargo. This turned out to be quite fortunate because the shop didn't open till 10am which would have rather inhibited my 6am departure time - which sounds early but given jet lag didn't seem early at all!

Unfortunately, 10 days off the bike and only a few rides back in London had dented my improving fitness and I was not prepared for how hard my return would be. I don't think either the wind or the 90 degree heat (at 9am!) helped. I had 2 options the first was 60m to Pelican Rapids or 95m to Battle Lake. Unfortunately, the latter was not an option as I was shattered on arrival in Pelican. I did sit in a coffee house and have some early lunch in the vain thought that I might recuperate enough to get back on the bike, but the minute I stepped out of their air conditioned heaven, I realised it was going to be futile to try and head on

My legs were sore, I was jet lagged and though I was disappointed at only doing 60m it did help that the coffee house I was in, also doubled up as a B&B, so job done! They were incredibly kind hosts, because as I was going to be leaving at 6ish to try and avoid the heat, they prepared a breakfast for me as they wouldn't be up - yoghurts, fresh strawberries, breads, some pastries they made specially which I would enjoy immensely the next morning. This kindness plus a big bed and a decent pizza overlooking a small lake with the largest Pelican model in the world brought a close to the first grueling day back in the saddle.
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