After another great nights sleep in a one star hotel, I walked to the Cenex gas station, the only place serving breakfast in town. I took my breakfast sandwich and coffee to the one table in the place and spent the next hour or so discussing the best and worst trucks, harvestors and outboard boat motors with 4 nice men. At one point, I laughed so unexpectedly that coffee came out my nose- the guys really enjoyed that… With wishes for a safe ride, I walked back to the hotel and saddled up- I didn’t need to depart early because my hostess in Glendive, Cindy, said she was going to a rodeo and wouldn’t be home until around 6:00 pm. I had a new email from Cindy and she said she would just leave her house open and leave me some instructions so I could arrive whenever and make myself at home. How cool is that- leaving her house open for a complete stranger! So, off I rode feeling all warm and fuzzy… Leaving Circle involves about a 1,000′ climb over 16 miles, in this case, directly into a 15 mph wind. Into the wind again… After the climb, I rode 5 or 10 miles on top- where it was really windy- before starting a very gradual descent. It was dang windy but the scenery was a definite improvement over yesterday. I am getting more comfortable with riding into wind- it is just a mind game. So, I finally arrived in Glendive, let myself in, showered, handwashed my riding clothes and then found a local watering hole (with 36 beers on tap!) to rehydrate. Daily mileage: 50, trip miles: 1,303- about 1/3 of the way!
A view of my popular hotel from the Cenex gas station. Note all the cars in the parking lot: