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"Thank you for not wearing spandex"

2010-06-13

It rained all night long. I was in a tent, but still.

After visiting Pete the giant pelican in Pelican Falls, I stopped at the only restaurant open at 7am on a Sunday -- McDonalds. There I met Chet, Steve and their breakfast gang. For over an hour they asked me questions, gave me advice, and berated each other. They seemed especially pleased that I was wearing semi-normal clothing. The local Priest also stopped by. He used to bike tour himself and had this to say about the mountains out west: "I'm not too old to go up them, but I'm too old to go down them." Fun times ahead I think.

Speaking of clothes, my original plan hadn't taken into account the reality of me wearing most everything I am carrying each day to insulate myself against Minnesota. Not only am I sporting a wicked stench, but my long pants and long sleeves are ripping and fraying. Time to do some shopping.

Pelican Falls' main industry is now turkeys. I passed a number of turkey farms. Seeing thousands and thousands of turkeys squeezed into a half-acre of barely ventilated building might make you think that much less of Thanksgiving.

I have definitely left the forest and even the lakes behind. (I wish I could say the same for the ticks.) All morning the landscape flattened out more and more. With that came wind. Rain was already there. The entire afternoon consisted of me peddling into a cold, wet wind on absolutely level terrain.

I stopped for lunch at the Eagle Cafe in Barnesville. That may have been my best lunch so far -- chicken, potatoes, green beans, stuffing, roles and some sort of apple desert. An hour or so later on the advice of the McDonalds breakfast gang I stopped at the Old 52 General Store in Sabin and got myself a Hot Fudge Malt. Holy. Cow.

I crossed the Red River from Minnesota into North Dakota on a floating pedestrian bridge. While neat, it lacked a "Welcome to North Dakota" sign.

In Fargo I found a hotel so I could work for the next few days. After plugging in my laptop I decided to check the weather to see when it would be a good time to leave. Oddly, the site said it was currently 68 and sunny. Liar, I thought until I looked out the window. I am so glad to be finished with Minnesota's cold rain.

giant pelican at Pelican Falls


Happy Thanksgiving!


giant prairie chicken in Rothsay


flat


flatter


flattest


welcome to North Dakota

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