Day 24. July 7.
After surviving the wind storm I was super tired and could not get going. It was a struggle to get out of bed. I was so glad we only had 50 miles and that we had another host to stay with at our next stop in Glendive.
We left Circle behind and headed back out into the rolling hills of Montana. The terrain was actually not as hilly as day before and by the looks of the elevation chart (which we really didn’t think we’d need out here) we were going uphill for 16 miles then steadily downhill to Glendive. Sounded good to me! I would much rather get all the uphill done at one time rather than have to struggle uphill every 2 miles.
As we biked we passed lots and lots of cows and every time they were near the road we mooed at them. They would all turn to look at once and then they’d just stare. Some of them ran away. Pretty entertaining stuff – can you tell we were bored? The scenery did change a bit as we got closer to the northern Badlands. At the top of the hill you could see the surrounding hills and instead of open prairie it was open cliffs with exposed layers of earth. It was actually really pretty and a nice change of scenery after looking at grass, wheat, shrubs and cows for the last 300 miles.
After we got over the hill it was pretty flat or downhill, which was awesome. We did have the wind coming at us, but it wasn’t as bad as it has been. Eventually we came to the town of Lindsay. Again, not much of a town, but there was a gas station. It only had one pump and was mainly for farm machinery. They did have a water jug that they let us fill our bottles with and we were really thankful. I don’t think there was another town until Glendive. We ate lunch on a bench out front – more pb&j!
Not much excitement after lunch. We biked, took breaks and bike some more. We rolled into Glendive at about 2:30 and called our host to see if we could go to her place. No answer so we left a voicemail and headed to the grocery store. It was a mile in the wrong direction, but we wanted to get food incase our host didn’t cook for us. It’s not expected that they do, but a lot of them have. We also needed to kill time until she called.
There was a park conveniently located right next to the store so we got some cinnamon rolls (random, I know. Albertson’s has them for $1 on their “oops we made too many” rack. There are four and they’re huge and covered in cream cheese frosting. We got them the first time in Cut Bank and look for them every time. They’re SO good) and some Gatorade and went to the park.
As soon as Ethan had the hammock set up, our host called us. We ended up staying there for a while longer then went back to the grocery for dinner food and on to our hosts house. Our hosts, Joy and Glen, live on an arm of the Yellowstone River in a super cool log cabin home. We loved it. Joy was super nice and made us feel at home. We made a pizza, but she also invited to have some of her enchilada casserole. It was delicious! We also checked out the river, jumped on the trampoline and watched TV.
A while after we got in, their other guest arrived. They were already hosting a girl (I think she was German) who is cycling West. They have two extra rooms so they figured, why not let two people stay? Fine by us! We chatted with her for a while and she told us she had biked through Detroit. We asked her how she liked it and she said that she ended up staying there for 5 days! She said she loved it and didn’t want to leave. We thought that was pretty awesome.
The night was almost perfect and was only somewhat ruined by the spider that crawled on my face right after I got in bed. Ewwwwww!!!! I was so mad and grossed out! I hate spiders! I thought I was safe from bugs inside! Ugh. I had a hard time falling asleep because I thought every little tickle was a spider.
At least it didn’t bite me, I guess, and I killed him so I felt a little better. G’night dead spider!