I write to you from the Honey Hub in Gackle, North Dakota. Today will be my seventh day on the road and all is well. This computer I’m typing on weighs about eight pounds and that’s too much not to be using it more often so I’ve decided to update this blog more frequently but first, allow me to catch you up on some of the highlights from my first week of the summer tour.
Minnesota is beautiful. I miss you. That first day of pedaling took me through Rush City (where I grew up) and the parade was just beginning. I fantasized about rolling down Main Street with my fully-loaded bike, waving proud like the Mayor. I left town though and made good progress. Entering the city of Dalbo, I stumbled upon a place called the Adventure Cyclists Bunkhouse..watch this short video http://youtu.be/ezcyY6BGlik It was still early but this place was too good to pass up. I shared the space that night with a teacher from Alaska who was pedaling cross-country as well. Big thanks to Donn Olson for hosting us and providing such a lovely bike oasis.
I added the Lake Wobegon and Central Lakes bike trails to my long list of Minnesota trails that I’ve had the chance to ride this summer already. The trail ends in Fergus Falls where I happen to have a cousin (she actually lives 10 miles west in a town called Foxhome). I called her up and stayed the night. I met her four-year-old daughter Kylie for the first time. That was nice and a heavy storm rolled in that night so I’m thankful that I wasn’t in my tent. The timing was perfect.
North Dakota has been really windy. I’m not in a hurry though. In the town of Enderlin, I stopped for a beer in the early afternoon and ended up staying the night at the Cross Roads steakhouse right on the 46. The owner’s name is John and he cooks a mean rib-eye. We drank gallons of beer and I woke up hung over but it was all free fun. From Enderlin I pedaled 75 miles up and down hills through the winds and rain. Arriving in Gackle around 5 pm, I had some dinner and found out about the Honey Hub, another hostel catering to bicyclists. Jason and Ginny are beekeepers who live in California but they stay here in ND and host nearly 200 cyclists from June until September. During those months, their bees are spread across ND in white boxes. They hover over the crops and do work until the fall comes and then Jason and Ginny move all 12,000 of them to California for better weather and honey production. As you can see, I’ve had some amazing experiences already. It’s time to move on down the road though. I’ll check in again soon with and update and some photographs.