Monday, June 7, 2010

Pelican Rapids, MN to Fargo, ND - day 19 - June 4th, 2010

Pelican Rapids, MN to Fargo, ND - day 19 - June 4th, 2010
Mileage today was 64 miles - started out with overcast skies and we thought we were going to have to get out our rain gear.
We left Pelican Rapids about 6:45 and biked on hwy 59 7 miles north (off the route) to Dunville to the Cornfield CafĂ© for a breakfast of blueberry pancakes for John and cinnamon French toast for Kathi. After breakfast we biked east on 34 to get back onto the Northern Tier Route then north towards Cormorant. Out in the middle of no where I saw what looked like a wolf on the road up ahead and panic and was irritated because my husband kept on pedaling. As we got closer we noticed that the supposedly wolf had a collar on and just watched us go by and then gently started to trot after us. Now take a look at the picture - if you saw that dog from a distance would you think it was a wolf? About 18 miles into our ride we came across a convenience store and pulled into the Pelican Hills Convenience Store where there were 5 or 6 old timers sitting on the front porch when we pulled up. One of the guy’s hollered “Where’s the motor on that thing?” I waved off the question, put my index finger to my lips, and pointed to Kathi and said she just doesn’t know it yet! Everyone got a good laugh out of that and before we knew it we were all but rolling on the floor for the jokes and stories going around. Happening across group gatherings and striking up conversations with local people is one of the things we have come to enjoy on this adventure.
Along the way we came across a number of miles of fence post that had a shoe on each post on both sides of the roads. Not sure if these are shoes that were left behind of weary bikers or shoes from the locals in the area. lol

Lakes, lakes, and more lakes today along with rolling hills and curves in between, along with very pretty scenery. By 10:00AM we were out of the lakes area and the terrain leveled out considerably as we approached the western side of Minnesota and the eastern end of the Dakota prairies. By the time we got to Sabin everything was as flat as a pancake. While eating a light lunch at the General Store a very substantial headwind picked up which made the last 20 mile to Fargo really tough going. Although it was perfectly flat we weren’t able to get over 8 miles per hour. When we finally got to Fargo we went to the bicycle shop in the old train depot and enjoyed a smoothie while deciding where to spend the evening.
We checked into the Scandia Hotel, cleaned up and went for a walk downtown Fargo, went to a Chinese restaurant for supper. We want to get an early start tomorrow morning to beat the winds. A 4:30AM wake up call should be about right.
Total miles as of today is 1070.
Life is good!

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