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Journey to the East: 27 June 2012

Threatening Alone, Being eaten by mosquitos.   -Santoka Of thunderstorms and mosquitos The morning was hot and humid and there wasn’t much between where I’d camped and Grand Rapids. So I pressed on through farmland and trees, the light wind generally against me. As per usual the wind began to pick up in the afternoon, but as it just began to get strong I arrived at Grand Rapids and had lunch at “Brewed Awakenings”. I’d…

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Journey to the East: 25 June 2012

Arriving at the Mississippi Headwaters Hostel I purify myself in the blue water rushing over the rocks   -Santoka Itasca State Park It was only an hour or so ride to the entrance to Itasca State Park and overall a pleasant mornings ride. The wind was still out of the east, but now the southeast and the route after a few miles turned northwards. Highway 71 also was much more cyclist friendly and of course…

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Journey to the East: 24 June 2012

Sunset at Hungryman Lake the sky at sunset a cup of sake would taste so good!   -Santoka Hungryman stalks the White Earth It was a hot humid ride with a headwind most of the day. Tiring. But after some initial farmland the route wended between the White Earth Reservation and the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge which was filled with lakes and wildlife. I pulled off once for a break and on the little side road…

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Journey to the East: 23 June 2012

At the City Park in Hitterdal Only the ants at the bottom of the burning sky, what the world has come to -Hōsai Ozaki Tass times in Hitterdal It had been a pretty miserable night at the Fargo campground, a guy in the next tent over worked his way through most of a case of beer and talked loudly to himself till after 5am. So I packed up and rode to Babb’s Coffeehouse which billed…

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Journey to the East: 22 June 2012

Public art in Fargo summer heat soaks into every living thing   -Santoka Riding into summer Today it was clear, hot and humid with a light headwind. One of the longer rides I had to do, but this was one of those cases where I’d stayed at the furtherest east campground and the next one was in Fargo. Luckily the wind wasn’t too bad though it picked up in the afternoon a bit. But by…

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Journey to the East: 21 June 2012

Fields and clouds Know The trees know stars to be sources Like the sun, of their life; But many and tiny sprinkled through the dark When, where has the sun gone– -Gary Snyder Yellowstone Today’s was a pleasant and rather quick ride. A quite strong wind on this day, but as it was going my way, well more than welcome. These last few days must have been tough for the westbound tourons. The road was…

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Journey to the East: 19 June 2012

Concretion from The Late Snow & Lumber Strike of the Sumer of Fifty-Four   Climbing the steep ridge below Shuksan clumps of pine float out of the fog No place to think or work drifting.   -Gary Snyder Blowin’ in the wind Back on the road with thunderstorms predicted and as per the pattern the wind had reversed. It was sort of harder to tel with todays route which wended all around including a good…

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Journey to the East: 18 June 2012

Prometheus Stealing fire Took a much needed day off in the capitol city of North Dakota, Bismarck. Did the usual off day biz but also went and saw a movie: the new Ridley Scott picture, Prometheus. Short review – decent bit of fairly “hard SF” but it’s kinda sloppy and overstuffed and is definitely no Alien. Also I did upload another five days or so of pictures to my Tour 2012 Flickr set. ONCE ONLY…

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