Digging out my inner pioneer 

Something that has struck me so far is that while the history of this part of the world covers just a couple of hundred years (rather than a couple of thousand in the UK) a huge amount has happened in that time. All of this by people brave, lucky or just tough enough to make a new life through the extremes of the environment. While what I’m doing isn’t easy, I’m benefiting from good roads (mostly), a ready supply of food and other services and the latest technology to help me along. So I was amused to see this piece from a similar perspective in a local paper in the weather forcast:

(Here’s more about the current weather ” the most uncomfortably hot weather in 4 years.” from his blog)

Have I found an inner pioneer?  In some respects, yes – despite temperatures in the mid 30’s, humidity in the 80’s and a constant headwind that feels like the blast when you open the oven door, I’ve been managing around 100k per day. A very slow 100k – rests and cycling have taken up more than 12 hours of the day. Those of you following me on strava will have seen my average speed dip below 10mph! 

But I’ve also made full use of air conditioned petrol station shops, and consumed the refrigerated sweet drinks on sale. At one point I lay in the shade of some corn for a quick rest and snooze – all sounds very pioneer like, except the corn was genetically engineered! Not so pioneer. 
Despite my reduced pace, since my last post from Minnesota, I’ve been ticking off the states. From Minnesota I popped into South Dakota:

Then back into Minnesota 

Then onto Iowa 

And I’m now in Nebraska 

What’s next? Well if all goes well, tomorrow I should be passing through Blair – yes, the end of stage 6 and the quarter way mark of the trip!
That’s all for now except for a couple of photos:

Fortunately I’m eating well and have not had to resort to this for a fresh snack:

An impressive display of more bugs at the motel i stayed at by Ortonville:

Far more impressive than this was the old gentleman from Minnesota  I’d only briefly chatted with at breakfast – who wanted to pay for my room ! I politely declined his offer – but continue to be  amazed (and shocked!) that what I am doing is inspiring this level of generosity from complete strangers. 

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6 thoughts on “Digging out my inner pioneer 

  1. Ken Davis Jul 21, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    25% done? You’re making this look too easy – you’ll have shmucks like me trying it next. As for the weather, that sounds hot. Calgary Bay on Mull was 26C on Tuesday and that was enough for me. Hope it cools down a bit!

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    • keithd2016 Jul 22, 2016 / 12:54 pm

      Me too – my watch said 27C at 5:30 this morning. Lying in the tent last night I have never sweated so much without actually moving. Quite remarkable.

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  2. keithsmum Jul 21, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    So that’s 4 states ticked off in as many days! Not sure how you are managing to keep up the distances in that temp and humidity. Hope it cools down/freshens up a bit soon. xxx

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    • keithd2016 Jul 22, 2016 / 12:56 pm

      Going slower and taking more rests. Yes, im looking forward to it getting less muggy – or at least the next place with air con!

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  3. cuddlingbear Jul 21, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    We’ve had heat and humidity here last few days but nothing like what you describe. I liked your pic of the sign Moorhead, Minnesota. That was the destination of Buddy Holly and two other pop stars in March 1959 when they took off in a small plane from Clear Lake, Iowa, but crashed fatally in a snowstorm. You probably can hardly imagine a snowstorm right now. Which extreme would you prefer?!

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    • keithd2016 Jul 22, 2016 / 12:57 pm

      At the moment, a snow storm is a very attractive idea, but Id need to swap my bike for skiis !

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