First order of the day: laundry and showers. This morning was freeeezing. Forty-five degrees, breezy, and cloudy. First I hit up the convenience store, and asked if there was a grocery store in town. I got: "Yeah, you're gonna head over to the four-way, make a thataway (here she motions with her hand all twisted up weird), go down the little hoopla, and it'll be on your right."
Uh. Thanks. Needless to say, I had to go the wrong way and ask the nice old man at the auto parts store.
When I did finally arrive at the local Reynold's, I spent a small fortune, then I rushed over to the RV park, where I'd inquired last night about a shower. I got an un-timed shower for free! Thanks, Lakefront RV Park! Last but possibly the best part of the day, I hid out in a laundromat getting all my clothes clean, charging my phone, and stuffing myself with breakfast.Finally on the road at 11:30 or so, I started out with a headwind. But crossing the Montana/North Dakota border totally made up for it. Montana is DONE.
Twenty-five miles later in Bowman, past a bunch of windmills and sunflowers and finally some corn!, I ate two cheese sticks, Ritz, an apple, and a pint of chocolate milk. I love bike touring. I also stopped at the visitor's center to get a South Dakota map, and got the usual "are you insane?" shpiel from the kind old man there.
Off to Buffalo, I raced daylight. Crossing the North Dakota/South Dakota border was cool until they decided to not replace the shoulder along with the rest of the road, and put rumble strips on the microscopic shoulder there was. Thanks, South Dakota.
Off the last 20 miles, and sunset was approaching.
I rolled into Buffalo just in time, and stopped at Cenex for a can of pork and beans, water, and directions to the campgrounds. At "Roadside Park", I just enjoyed my pork and beans, the rest of the sleeve of Ritz, and frosted animal cookies for dessert. You think I'm bad, but these are actually relatively healthy foods considering what's available around here. Plus, there's the whole needing-4000-calories-a-day thing, which is hard to attain on carrot sticks and yogurt.
Off to bed I go.
P.S. I really appreciate all your extra prayers as I'm on the road without companions now.