On today’s ride, we learned all about the insane wind of North Dakota. Unfortunately, it was a head wind. We decided to give in and get something caffeinated in the first town we saw, Napoleon, where the best option for snacks and beverages was the Ace Hardware. We ran into several cyclists we’d camped with the night before there – we were all avoiding getting back out on the road. We continued on a ride that would have been nice if it weren’t for the headwind, and eventually made it to Gackle. There’s a great Warm Showers (free lodging/space for tents for cyclists) place there, the Honey Hub, run by a bee-keeper and his wife, Jason and Ginny Miller. They live in Northern California most of the year, but spend their summers in Gackle for the 14,000 hives they have in the surrounding farm land. They were super nice and helpful. The Millers’ honey is in Stinger energy bars and other products, so they had a lot of products on hand.
Gackle is quite small – there is a bar, a general store, and a Tastee Freeze. After showering at the Honey Hub, we went to get ice cream at the Tastee Freeze, where we eventually ran into all 8 cyclists that we had camped with in Hazelton. We ended up hanging out at the bar, where we ordered pizza, and headed back to the cool temperatures of the Honey Hub.
today’s distance: 65.5 miles
time in saddle: 6 hrs, 30 min
total distance: 1,782.9 miles