Finally Made it to North Dakota
Day 25 – Glendive MT – Medora, ND – 65 miles (total miles 1461)
Weather – 60 degrees, cloudy, rain, storms and nasty headwind of 18 – 20 mph
Today was a tough ride – we started early in Glendive and the route immediately put us on Interstate 94 East where we had to battle a nasty headwind which limited our mph to between 8 – 10. Riding on the interstate is not as scary as it sounds there actually is a nice big shoulder for us to ride on and the drivers are very good about changing lanes anyway when they come upon us. The truck drivers are especially good – 98% of the time they move over if they can. The other good thing about being on the interstate is the sight lines are really good and drivers can see us from a very long ways back.
We biked the first 40 miles battling the headwind and traveling on 94. Upon entering North Dakota – yea!! Our route changed to Old Hwy 10 which was a great quiet road with little or no traffic. As we were heading east the headwind started to go away – which was great but then the storm came in – the skies opened up and it started to pour. We made it to within 3 miles of Medora our ending point and had to take cover under a bridge when it stated to lightening and thunder. We spent about 45 minutes under the bridge and then were able to ride the last three miles to Medora.
We stopped at Dakota Cyclery for some much needed repairs to our bicycle. The staff at the shop was great and was able to help meet all our needs. So the bicycle is now clean again and ready to roll.
Medora is a cute little town located right next to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. It is just beautiful here – with the Badlands rock formations surrounding us. Tomorrow we hope to check out more of the area and specifically the Painted Canyon which we have heard is worth a stop.