I had a great breakfast at Spud’s Cafe with a bunch of big guys in plaid shirts (with the sleeves torn off) that worked at the grain elevator. I learned a lot about the business, including the best harvestors and trucks, while dining. When I left Chester at 07:30 it was s chilly 50 F. I rode into a fresh breeze (5-15 mph) all day but did not get frustrated because I just geared down, rode a little slower and enjoyed the ride. Apparently that is a lesson I need to learn more than once… I stopped in for a snack at about 10:00 am at Spencer’s highway bar & grill in Hingham, MT. When I walked in the nice lady bartender said “hi sweetie, what can I get you?” I love these small towns! So I continued pedaling into Havre- it was 95 F when I arrived- and went directly to Havre Bicycles for a 1,000 mile tuneup. When I asked Roger, the owner, how long it would take, he told me cross-country cyclists are his highest priority and he would start right on it. I went to PJ’s for a cold one and Roger called me 1 1/2 hours later to tell me it was done! I then called my WS host and found out he lived right across the street from the bike shop! So now I am showered and cooler! I have a short ride of about 50 miles tomorrow which is a pity because the weather forecast is for 30-50 mph tailwinds! I’m excited! Daily mileage 61, trip miles: 986.
This is what the highway was like all day today- ups and downs and ups and downs:
Some more native american history. My host is a journalist and says because of the storytelling culture, these events are still very raw and commonly discussed.
A herd of antelope! Two ran across the road but I cut the others off and they turned back. It’s not a very good photo but this is not a photo rich environment so you get what you get…
A train with 6 locomotives and another with oil cars as far as you can see: