Above: The road to Minot, ND.
Above: I wasn’t the only one benefitting from the windy conditions on Thursday. This windmill may look stationary, but it was actually wizzing along. I can’t believe that I just happened to take the picture in time for the arms of the windmill to line up perfectly like this. It seems like a one in a thousand shot.
Friday, 7/14 6pm
Location: Minot, ND
Yesterday’s mileage: about 75
Today’s destination: REST DAY!
I was immeasurably pleased to discover easterly winds at I departed New Town yesterday morning. My destination for the day was just as far away as my previous day’s destination had been, but with tailwinds instead of headwinds, I knew life would be a lot easier.
With one exception, that was true. At about 4pm, I was slammed by a passing thunderstorm that lasted only about 15 minutes. However, for those 15 minutes, the wind was so strong that I had to get off my bike and take cover in the roadside ditch. I threw on my rainjacket, not so much to stay dry, but to protect myself from the pelting rain. Believe it or not, due to the speed of the wind, the rain actually stung when it hit my exposed skin. For a moment, I panicked, thinking that a tornado must be barrelling down upon me, but it was simply the remnants of the powerful storm that blew through the night before.
Today, I’m doing laundry, catching up on my blog, checking email, and paying bills. I should start calling these “administrative days” instead of “rest days”.Woe is me! Somehow, I doubt I’m going to get much sympathy though…