July 27, 2014
Early morning conti which was quite good. Hit the road by 8:45 and road to Taylor. On the way I made a pit stop behind a bale and when I went to get on my bike I noticed a dollar bill in the grass. Then I saw another one then another. By the time I was done I had found $32 in various bills. The $20 bill was chewed up by what I believe was a lawn mower. We did not stop in Richardton but as we passed the motel I felt happy we did not give her our money. Glen Ullin was our next stop at 80km and as we rode in Francois noticed a sign that read noise ordinance and curfew enforced. Interesting. There was no where to eat so we went to the Super Valu on Main street and bought buns, turkey meat, chocolate milk and donuts. Nice and cheap. We had been riding on hwy 10 which runs almost perpendicular to the 94 but with much less traffic. What a beautiful road. After leaving Glen Ullin we stayed on the 10 until we came to a fork in the road with both choices being gravel. We checked the map and took the road to the left and hoped for it to return to pavement but upon reaching a turnoff back to the 94 we decided to take it. This road was worse than the last bit of gravel. It seemed to be topped with some sort of broken rock/glass material and was loose and very difficult to ride on. About half way to the highway I got a flat and then learned that Francois had actually taken a spill back on the first bit of gravel. He is okay bit his leg covers and jacket have some minor damage. After repairing my tire, we decide that it would be wise to walk the remaining distance to the 94. Miserable. Once on the 94, we immediately find that who ever designed the highway shoulder (someone must have been paid for it) they had no idea that cyclists might actually use the shoulder to ride on. 6 feet of the approximately 8 feet of shoulder had been grooved with rumble strips making it impossible to ride anywhere other than right near the grassy shoulder on the right or between the white line and the right hand driving lane. Ridiculous. We took a break at a rest stop and looked at a road map and found that we would be able to bet back on the 10 in a couple of miles. We did that and rode the rest of the way to Mandan, which is just outside Bismarck ND. Found a great little motel that has 4 beds!!!! One exclamation mark per bed. By the way, if there are any inconsistencies between Francois' journal and mine, assume his is more accurate. I'm a little "ishy"