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Duct tape, hose clamp and a big iron bar

2010-07-03

The capital of North Dakota has an amazing number of rabbits. What kind of rabbits? Bunny rabbits.

In New Salem is the world's largest holstein cow, Salem Sue. It seems that the locality would have been better represented by a beef cow as Salem Sue was the only holstein I saw all day (or in several days for that matter).

Just north of the little town of Almont I stopped on a bridge for a quick break. A local pulled up to check on me. I ensured him I was okay and started again. Then about half way up the hill leaving the creek my seat post broke clean in two. Down I went. Checking my map I saw I had about 2 miles until I reached Almont, a very typical tiny North Dakota town. Have you ever tried riding a bike without a seat? It's more work than you think. Especially with a weighted down bike like mine. I never realized just how much pressure I put on the seat post from all directions. No wonder it finally broke.

I wasn't expecting too much, but the locals in Almont were super helpful. Russ brought me over to Dean's garage where we were able to fit a solid iron bar down the middle of the seat post. Wrapping it in duct tape took out most of the play, and a hose clamp is now holding it all in place. An hour or so after arriving in town I was good to go, albeit a few pounds heavier. One thing is for sure, that seat post isn't going to break again any time soon.

Speaking of my bike, my cousin asks what type I'm riding. It's a Trek 520 touring bike with mostly higher end Shimano components and Maxxis Overdrive tires that haven't given me a single flat yet. Obviously I have a bunch of other gear. Sometimes in a hotel I spread it all out (usually to dry) and am amazed by how much there is.

South of Almont the road turned gravel for 20 miles as it wound its way through some beautiful scenery. Note that, as usual, "beautiful" is synonymous with "hard peddling." I don't think I was on a level road all day.

I purchased a new tent. I have mixed feelings. My old tent was bigger and I've been using it for years and years. But the new tent is slightly lighter, more camouflaged, and has more windows and a rain fly.

Also: hooray, I found not a single tick today.

North Dakota State Capital Building


Salem Sue from a distance


Salem Sue is hard to photograph up close


busted up


into the hills


cows and valleys


scenic view


my new tent

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