Trip Start Jul 01, 2013
63Trip End Sep 07, 2013
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That is not my intention with this post, but I want it to be very clear. Yesterday I hurt my knee and had to hitchhike 31 miles at the end of the day. I cheated. I will still say I biked across the country (assuming I do) as I do not believe that 32 miles is of great consequence in a 4000+ mile trip.
The day started wonderfully with cool weather, a tailwind, and a bowl of Cheerios. My intentions for the day were to make it long, more than 120 miles
On the way out, my clerk was talking to her colleague about these two teenaged girls that had to be removed for suspicion of theft. I went outside to find them standing next to my bike which was knocked over. They were detaching their bikes and rode off, loud and foul mouthed. In the process of them knocking over my bike, they caused the rear derailleur to catch. When I stopped to fix it, I bent over and felt my knee strain, and when I tried to stand up it almost gave out.
I blame my misfortune on those two girls, and if given the opportunity, would love to tell them to get their tubes tied so that the world may never know their offspring, grow up, and stay in school. In that order.
After riding another ten miles or so, I pulled over in the shade, stuck out my thumb, and called it a day. Three different single dudes, big dudes in big trucks passed me by, and traffic was light on the road. I suppose they were intimidated by a skinny white guy in bike shorts, and were too terrified to stop. Eventually, Mary and her daughter stopped. They were on their way home, only 10 miles away, but still insisted on tying my bike to the trunk and drove me the whole way to my campground. We had great conversation, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting them. Not to mention how grateful I was for the ride.
Richardton ND > Hazelton ND, 121 miles (90 of riding, 31 hitching), day 22