Winds in the wild west

North Dakota sent us off with a bang. After the greatest mail-drop to ever drop mail, we finally hit the Badlands, which brought my favorite scenery yet.

This is the type of landscape I had only ever seen in pictures.
This is the type of landscape I had only ever seen in pictures.
Which is more beautiful: the brand-new Hardywood jersey, or the Badlands?
Which looks better: the brand-new Hardywood jersey, or the Badlands?
Downtown Medora, a touristy, bizarro-1860's town tucked away adjacent to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Downtown Medora, a touristy, bizarro-1860’s town tucked away adjacent to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Upon riding into Montana, the state in which we’ll be spending the most time, it seemed like it was rejecting us like a body rejecting a poor organ post-transplant. For two days straight, Montana’s winds were literally trying to blow us back into North Dakota. We camped one night in Makoshika State Park, a very popular place for dinosaur bone excavations! The entire town of Glendive milks their prehistoric knack, and despite having no amenities, it was a really, really rad place to camp.

Approximate representation of what was going on in Makoshika 65 million years ago.
Approximate representation of what was going on in Makoshika 65 million years ago.
We hit the scenery jackpot in Makoshika, as the same night we were there, there was a full (or really close to full) moon!
We hit the scenery jackpot in Makoshika, as the same night we were there, there was a full (or really close to full) moon!

Yesterday we rode our longest distance yet of 107 miles, all into 30+ mph headwinds. Here are some direct quotes from some of us after finishing a particular 30 mile leg: “That was literally hell,” “Well that was the worst part of the Northern Tier,” “I hate everything about life,” and, “F*** everything about Montana.” Our collective grump was off the charts, but it feels damn good to have our last century done with. Today’s ride was short, therapeutic, and we finally have shelter and showers available! We’re all warming up to Montana a bit.

As I eluded to earlier, Hardywood Brewery in Richmond were kind enough to donate a brand new jersey to me for the trip! I absolutely adore it, and might even wear it around in normal social settings post-trip.

The 'RVA' on the sleeve cuffs is definitely my favorite feature.
The ‘RVA’ on the sleeve cuffs is definitely my favorite feature.

At the time of writing this, we are just three weeks and about 1,200 miles away from Seattle, and one week until our next rest day!

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