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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
05/20  Go and Stop
05/21  Whole lot of bluffs
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05/22  Smells like the North Woods
05/23  Stop and they'll get you
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05/25  Solitude and Dragonflies
05/28  Big timber
05/29  Not too proud to push
05/30  Stupid four-wheeler driving losers
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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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Yellowstone River Valley

2010-07-10

It's a far cry from being repaired, but I replaced the solid iron bar holding my seat up with a lighter water pipe.

It turns out that Montana has no sales tax. It is taking me a bit to get used to that. A dollar value menu item is actually a dollar. Many stores round their prices off to eliminate pennies. I am not sure why the rest do not. There are also an incredible number of "casinos" here. Apparently any bar can offer gambling machines. And of course Indians can.

I spent the entire day working my way up the Yellowstone River valley. Highway 200 from Sidney to Glendive was a hot ride with moderate traffic against a wicked head wind. In Glendive I just sat at the city park for a few hours waiting for the weather to cool while the cottonwood trees showered me with cotton-like floating seeds.

Suddenly the wind changed 180 degrees and I was on my way again. From Glendive I had two options: Interstate 94 or a gravel Road 261. Obviously I chose gravel. But I can say with some authority now that gravel roads in Montana suck. There is so much gravel that the road turns soft and bike tires sink right in. So even though I now had a strong tail wind I still had to work as hard to go forward.

The sky doesn't seem bigger here. Maybe it's because I've been in a valley since arriving. And other than an amazing variety of irrigation techniques and miles of round bales there is very little to see. It was only serendipity that I found the very non-lifelike dinosaur statue.

Near the end of the day it began to rain and storm in spots. Lightning flashing to the ground in what appears to be clear air is disconcerting.

I found a campsite on some ranch land near the Interstate. It's nice not being mobbed by mosquitoes. But you still have to watch out for those evil flies.

giant moth


lots and lots of round bales


Glendisaurus


canal


rainbow


first time seeing one of these actually running

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