2015-07-07 - ND - Day 41 - Fargo to Little Yellowstone Park
The original plan to leave by 7:30 AM quickly fell by the wayside. Reed, Nils, Alex, and I did in fact wake up at 6:20 AM, but after packing up, eating a continental breakfast, preparing our bikes, and waiting a bit, we finally departed around 8:15 AM. Kaylyn, Bridget, Libby, Nils, Alex, and Reed rode with me. We rode out of Fargo mostly on bike paths before turning onto county roads. We kept to a comfortable speed and within the paceline, my heart rate remaining below 120 bpm. This however meant less force against my legs/feet and thus more pressure on my butt. When Mike caught up around mile 21, I left to go with him at about 19-20 mph. Two miles later he dropped back and seemed to want to ride alone. I finished the leg alone at 18-19 mph, pulling into rest stop 1 in Kindred around 10:00 AM, before the van and trailer. Soon the whole group got there along with the V&T. I had some snacks at the Express Lane gas station convenience store and we stayed there until 11:22 AM.
We left the rest stop and rode on. The road's shoulders shrank, with border rumble strips on our left and a downward slope into grass to the right. Giant trucks and other farm vehicles passed by on the single lane highway. After a while, the group separated and the faster group, consisting of Reed, Nils, Alex, Kaylyn, and me, rode forward together. Reed pulled for almost ten miles and then Nils took over for the next fourteen. Alex finished things off with a nine mile pull into rest stop 2 in Enderlin around 1 PM. Kaylyn and Reed had fallen back during the last stretch but arrived right after us.
We decided to go to the Traxside Cafe for lunch where we saw other riders getting ready to leave. More riders arrived after us. I enjoyed a delicious egg salad sandwich with fries and a slice of apple pie while I worked on this website. They had run out of the highly recommended rhubarb pie, but their Wi-Fi was fast.
It was another seventeen miles of beauty to the end at our Yellowstone Park campsites.