The Long Short Day

Trip Start May 06, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

I woke up drained. The stomach bug in Essex followed by the Smorgasbord day and then the long ride into Havre had added up. Fortunately, when I awoke from 13hrs sleep, the wind was blowing directly into my face which meant it would be more than foolhardy to cycle the mere 90m to Malta. Instead I decided to cycled 20m to Chinook. I could have had a day off but I thought I would be grateful the next day to only have 70m to cycle rather than 90m. Unfortunately, though it was the right decision in hindsight, he wind was so strong that it took me 2.5hrs on flat roads! 8mph to cover 20m what a joke I should have stayed in bed because I cycle up mountains faster. 

Unfortunately, Chinook was smaller than Havre and it being a Sunday meant it was very quiet. 

Having checked into my Motel, the only one in town, so the choosing didn't take long, I spent the rest of the day doing laundry, another exciting day on the road
I had decided to have a quick beer. As many of you will know I am not a beer drinker but I have found 2 beers here in the US rather to my taste - a Fat Tyre and an Alaskan Amber. Unfortunately, the Motel bar didn't have either so I was pointed in the direction of the 2 other bars in town.  I walked into the first to discover I was the only customer.  I turned to the bar keep, who also looked like the owner and who also looked like some pranksters had superglued him to the floor 30yrs ago and he hadn't  bothered to move from that spot, and asked him for a Fat Tyre or an Alaskan Amber and received the response - "Never eard of em", so I repeated myself and he responded that he only served American Beers..... I hid my amazement given Alaskan Amber suggests it is made in Alaska which unless, like Greece, has claimed independence without my knowledge remains a US state, and Fat Tyre is one of the most famous US micro brewers and is now distributed Nationally from Oregon, which as states go is fairly close to Montana........  I decided that he might have meant I only serve Americans & given his unwelcoming demeanour I decided it best to retreat. The next bar was as chilly and unwelcoming but at least it had my beer, but I was made to feel so uncomfortable, I kept my imbibing to one bottle!

I returned to the Motel to discover that the Motel restaurant was the only one in town and to my initial horror it was an American & Chinese restaurant. This strange combination had me in fear of microwaved meals but my worries were put aside by the sight of two Chinese people speaking Cantonese (or some Asian dialect) in the kitchen. I went for the Chinese and was more than pleasantly surprised especially given I was able to eat rice rather than potato as my daily intake of carbs!

Again I was in bed before 8 and asleep by 9, ready for the ride, wind willing, to Malta that I had hoped to that day. 
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Bekah Morris on

Hi Clive! On behalf of everyone here at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU for helping us to raise money.

We're so impressed with your progress so far and we enjoy reading your blog about where you are and how the cycling's going!

Thanks once again for your incredible ongoing support. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch -

All the best,


Bekah Morris
Cycling, Treks & Challenges
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

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