Day 26 (94 miles)
Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
36Trip End Aug 09, 2008
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around mile 30, we found hope...and we ate a second breakfast there
over the next sixty miles, we saw the terrain start to change again. southeastern north dakota is geographically considered part of the corn belt rather than the plains, so we started to see more water and more trees. but...i don't have any pictures because i was too busy pedaling and didn't want to lose any momentum. the ride seemed to drag out forever, though, and the sky kept getting grayer and grayer as the clouds rolled in.
when we pulled into west fargo, we were welcomed into the house of betty and carl. the couple we stayed with in williston put us in touch with them, and they were nice enough to host us. poor betty had been looking after her grandchildren for three days and her husband was out of town on business until last that evening, so she was looking so overworked. she had cooked us an amazing feast with four different types of grilled meat (and i sampled each), a couple different salads, a ton of fruit, and her friend brought some delicious toffee cookies. it was the most amazing meal! i got to sleep on a couch in their basement, which was quite exciting because it was the first non-floor sleeping arrangement for me so far in the trip. what luxury...
after dinner, julie and i went grocery shopping in west fargo. a big storm was brewing, and the sky was constantly lit up with lightning bolts. i took a few minutes to sit in the semi-dark parking lot and let the wind swirl around me while i watched bolt after bolt jump from cloud to cloud. i don't know why, but i find electrical storms incredibly beautiful...it must be something about the (literally) charged atmosphere. it's a shame we don't get them like this out west.