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Bicycle Trip 1999
Okefenokee 2002
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 2003
Texas 2003
Road Trip West 2003
Sequoia National Park 2004
Hiking Florida 2005
Nomadic 2005
Bicycle Trip 2009
Bicycle Trip 2010
2010-05-14It's peanut butter jelly time
2010-05-15Military Ridge
2010-05-17Geologists fed me watermelon
2010-05-18Big Rocks
2010-05-19The sneaky hills
2010-05-20Go and Stop
2010-05-21Whole lot of bluffs
2010-05-22Smells like the North Woods
2010-05-23Stop and they'll get you
2010-05-25Solitude and Dragonflies
2010-05-28Big timber
2010-05-29Not too proud to push
2010-05-30Stupid four-wheeler driving losers
2010-05-31There be dragons here
2010-06-03Cruisin' the coast
2010-06-04I am so biking through the North Woods in a cold rain!
2010-06-05International Wolf Center
2010-06-06Finally heading west
2010-06-09Home on the Iron Range
2010-06-10Rain and loons
2010-06-11West of the Mississippi...I think
2010-06-12No more forest
2010-06-13"Thank you for not wearing spandex"
2010-06-17Ticks, rain and work
2010-06-19Deer and hawks
2010-06-20Perfectly centered
2010-06-23Peace and Turtles
2010-06-24Chugging along
2010-06-25Push up, roll down, repeat
2010-06-26Rain Delays
2010-06-27I must be getting "west"
2010-07-03Duct tape, hose clamp and a big iron bar
2010-07-04The Enchanted Highway
2010-07-06Something good comes of the rain
2010-07-07"Do not feed the prairie dogs"
2010-07-08Biking with bison
2010-07-10Yellowstone River Valley
2010-07-11A scarcity of roads
2010-07-15Tongue River Road
2010-07-17A short unremarkable day
2010-07-21"I'm done when I'm done"
Nomadic 2010
Winter in Wisconsin
Little Bicycle Trip 2011
Wisconsin Bicycle Trip 2011
Bicycle Trip 2011
Nomadic 2011
Kayak Trip 2012
Nomadic 2012
Liverworks Productions
Nomadic 2013
Liverworks Productions
Texas Pig Hunting
Bicycle Trip 2014
Bicycle Trip 2015
Biking West 2015

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Yellowstone River Valley

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Yellowstone River Valley It's a far cry from being repaired, but I replaced the solid iron bar holding my seat up with a lighter water pipe.

It turns out that Montana has no sales tax. It is taking me a bit to get used to that. A dollar value menu item is actually a dollar. Many stores round their prices off to eliminate pennies. I am not sure why the rest do not. There are also an incredible number of "casinos" here. Apparently any bar can offer gambling machines. And of course Indians can.

I spent the entire day working my way up the Yellowstone River valley. Highway 200 from Sidney to Glendive was a hot ride with moderate traffic against a wicked head wind. In Glendive I just sat at the city park for a few hours waiting for the weather to cool while the cottonwood trees showered me with cotton-like floating seeds.

Suddenly the wind changed 180 degrees and I was on my way again. From Glendive I had two options: Interstate 94 or a gravel Road 261. Obviously I chose gravel. But I can say with some authority now that gravel roads in Montana suck. There is so much gravel that the road turns soft and bike tires sink right in. So even though I now had a strong tail wind I still had to work as hard to go forward.

The sky doesn't seem bigger here. Maybe it's because I've been in a valley since arriving. And other than an amazing variety of irrigation techniques and miles of round bales there is very little to see. It was only serendipity that I found the very non-lifelike dinosaur statue.

Near the end of the day it began to rain and storm in spots. Lightning flashing to the ground in what appears to be clear air is disconcerting.

I found a campsite on some ranch land near the Interstate. It's nice not being mobbed by mosquitoes. But you still have to watch out for those evil flies.

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