When it Rains it Pours
Day 26 – June 26, 2014
Medora to Glen Ullin – 90 miles (total miles 1581)
Weather 80 degrees, partly cloudy, head wind 8 – 10 mph
We decided to leave a little later to hit the road by 8:00am, while Peter was doing the pre check on the bike – I know he is a safety guy!! He found the back brakes were not tightened down properly at the bike shop and had to fix them before we could take off – 45 minutes later we were on the road.
We were planning to stop at Painted Canyon Visitor Center but due to the late start we took a bird’s eye view from Interstate 94 as we went by. It truly was beautiful and I took some video of the view. We then continued on Old Hwy 10 thru Dickinson all the way to Glen Ullin. Old Hwy 10((139) is the Scenic Byway and the sign had a buffalo on it – so we assumed we would see some buffalo- but we did not see any buffalo although the view and road were very nice and they had just repaved a huge piece of it.
We got into Glen Ullin at about 6:30pm it was a long day in the saddle, and unfortunately the campground did not have any showers – so we went to bed stinky – yuck!! We again met the couple from Alaska after not seeing them since East Glacier – we exchanged our adventures over a six pack of Summer Shandy from Wisconsin Leinenkugel’s Brewery – it sure tasted good after a long hot day. We had our first storm while camping that evening but everything came thru it ok and we did not get too wet.
Day 27 June 27, 2014
Glen Ullin – Bismarck- 63 miles (total miles 1644)
Weather warm and partly cloudy 70- 80 degrees, slight headwind – 5 – 8 mph
After the storm last night we decided to get going and eat breakfast at the convenience store in town. We got on the road by 10:00am and spent the first 12 miles on Interstate 94 which was not too bad accept for the second rear flat we had to fix along the highway. About 20 miles out we blew the tire – this time it was a metal wire that went thru the tire and about a ½ inch into the tube. Peter found the wire and removed it and put in a new tube and we were on our way again. This tire change was much less eventful than our first one.
In New Salem we got off the Interstate and again were traveling on the newly paved Scenic Byway (139) – very nice. We got into Bismarck with our first stop being the Laughing Sun Brewing Company. We were really looking forward to a good beer it had been a while since we were able to hit a microbrew. They had good beer and we met three young men from Rice Lake – who were biking from Rice Lake to Spokane. They were fun to talk with and were having a great trip so far.
This evening we are enjoying our first Warm Showers stay in Bismarck(which is an online site where people offer to host touring cyclists – it is a great site to find a home stay)– our hosts are Joyce and Ron Gerhardt. They are especially gracious hosts and provided us with a bed, shower, laundry, dinner, breakfast and anything else we needed. Kyle, the young man we have been biking with is also here tonight – so it is fun to hang with him again. We have been having a great visit and will miss Kyle when he takes off south to meet up with his friends, he has been a good guy to travel with and we will miss him.