This is part of a series of posts written during my cycle from Vancouver, BC to Minneapolis, MN in June 2013. For the most part I followed the Adventure Cycling Association’s ‘Northern Tier’ Route, but deviated where I saw fit. It was a great experience, read on to find out more…
After the storm last night and a bad nights sleep, I made a groggy exit from the picnic area at around 7.30. I felt exhausted as I set off, not surprising as I had 200 miles in the legs and around 3hrs sleep. 20 miles down the road I managed to get some coffee and a donut from a gas station – it seemed to perk me up, giving me the energy to face the cold, rainy morning.
As I rode the wind picked up, forming the first real roaring tailwind I’ve had this trip. I made great time to Devils Lake, covering the 50+ miles by 11.15. A quick lunch stop later, I was back on the road – heading towards Grand Forks. I’d just left town when my girlfriend, Elizabeth, called to tell me that her Dad had booked me into a hotel in Grand Forks – really kind of him and definitely made my day. The prospect of a warm bed was a good motivator, particularly as I was tired and sleep deprived.
The afternoon was pretty uneventful — flat road, overcast, good tailwind, and lots of flooding. Just before reaching Grand Forks I had the road to myself for around 10 miles — one side of the dual carriageway was shut for maintenance but as it was a Sunday the roadworks had stopped. I pedaled past the ‘road closed’ sign and was rewarded with a break from the traffic!
Thanks to the tailwind I pulled into Grand Forks, 140 miles done, at around 4.30. I went straight to the hotel (nicest place this trip by far) and laid all my soaked camping gear out to dry. A good night’s sleep is in order now — I think I’ve earned it after cycling across North Dakota in under two days.