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05/14  It's peanut butter jelly time
05/15  Military Ridge
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05/17  Geologists fed me watermelon
05/18  Big Rocks
05/19  The sneaky hills
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05/21  Whole lot of bluffs
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05/22  Smells like the North Woods
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05/28  Big timber
05/29  Not too proud to push
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05/31  There be dragons here
06/02  Duluth
06/03  Cruisin' the coast
06/04  I am so biking through the North Woods in a cold rain!
06/05  International Wolf Center
06/06  Finally heading west
06/09  Home on the Iron Range
06/10  Rain and loons
06/11  West of the Mississippi...I think
06/12  No more forest
06/13  "Thank you for not wearing spandex"
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06/16  Flat
06/17  Ticks, rain and work
06/18  Wind
06/19  Deer and hawks
06/20  Perfectly centered
06/23  Peace and Turtles
06/24  Chugging along
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06/25  Push up, roll down, repeat
06/26  Rain Delays
06/27  I must be getting "west"
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07/03  Duct tape, hose clamp and a big iron bar
07/04  The Enchanted Highway
07/06  Something good comes of the rain
07/07  "Do not feed the prairie dogs"
07/08  Biking with bison
07/10  Yellowstone River Valley
07/11  A scarcity of roads
07/15  Tongue River Road
07/16  Reservations
07/17  A short unremarkable day
07/21  "I'm done when I'm done"
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Ticks, rain and work


I didn't sleep very well last night. I'd be about to doze off and suddenly I'd feel a tick crawling about on some part of my body. I don't know where they came from, but this happened several times. Then a gust of wind would flare up snapping the tent back and forth. After that I would periodically imagine I had ticks on me when I didn't. The weather was kind of muggy and warm, which didn't help.

At some point I started being woke by flashing lights -- lightning in the distance. There was no thunder.

Then it started raining lightly, popping against the sides of the tent. It stopped, so I counted myself lucky. A bit later a full-on electrical storm hit. My tent has an almost non-existant rain fly, so a pounding rain soon found its way through the liner. Before long everything I owned was completely soaked.

Giving up on further sleep I curled into my soaking sleeping bag and waited for morning. It finally stopped raining just as it was getting light out. At least it was warm.

The Sheyenne River Valley scenic byway is mostly a gravel road down where I was. When dry the previous day, it was actually quite smooth and solid. When wet, it turned into a soft, slimy nightmare. My packs also seemingly doubled in weight due to everything being soaked.

Mid-morning I found Little Yellowstone Park. There are a number of sheltered picnic tables there, so I unpacked and tried to dry out my gear. About ten minutes later another massive storm came through, complete with strong winds and hail. My stuff didn't dry much.

This whole time AT&T was still offering no service and a good crises was brewing at work. My absence was stressing a few folks out. So when I finally made it back to civilization (in the form of Valley City), I stopped for work. Another small storm rolled through, but the rest of the day was beautiful. Sigh.

little tent on the prairie

some random scenic pond

go away rain

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