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Journey to the East: 13 June 2012

Badlands The beauty of the sunset grieves not for old age   –Santoka Makoshika So the route turned back east today which was a relief as it put the wind behind me. That and it being overcast most of the day made for much more pleasant riding than the day before. The terrain was about the same though – rolling hills trending upwards. Then fissures began to appear and s rocky wall like outcropping was…

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Journey to the East: 12 June 2012

Endless fields I can’t do anything; my life of contradictions blown by the wind   –Santoka Unlucky 13S or heat, hills and headwinds Today we bid farewell to the “Hi-Line” and turn south. While the day had dawned sunny, calm and with nary a cloud in the sky, this was not to last. As I left Wolf Point and turned south on Hwy 13 the winds picked up and as has been the trend they…

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Journey to the East: 11 June 2012

Wet land My heart is happy on a spring day when I see the birds flocking together, playing.   -Ryōkan Subtle shifts The high plains are a thing of beauty, but it’s a subtle beauty: slight variances in heights, shades of green, tend and brown, shifting shadows. Today, mostly sunny and with a steady tailwind I quickly moved across these plains. Things began to slowly change today: the grassland was wetter, with standing water and…

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Journey to the East: 10 June 2012

Twilight in Glasgow Wind blows dark clouds across the lake — and birds are singing A difference of direction The day began sunny and windy but over the reservoir was a line of black clouds rolling in by the time I’d broken camp it was completely overcast and I was in the strongest wind yet. It was a horrible headwind until I got to the 2 and then it was the most amazing tailwind for…

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Journey to the East: 9 June 2012

Sunset over the reservoir I’m on travel; Until my monk’s robe dries up, Wind comes from the weeds.   -Santoka Blowin’ in the wind Things continue apace – a strong tailwind continues and the high plains roll on. Really not much between Harlem and the town of Malta. Rolling hills, wind behind, though sometimes more of a crosswind as the road bends, trains go by on the every present tracks. With the wind and nowhere…

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Journey to the East: 8 June 2012

Storm in the distance Those clouds threw a rain shower; I’m wet through. -Santoka Riding in the storm Leaving Havre the wind had completed it rotation around and was now a vicious headwind. The road climbed a bit out of town and then settled down as it began to follow the Milk River. Behind me was this obvious thunderhead and I was racing to escape it. Well it caught up with me and for the…

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Journey to the East: 7 June 2012

The Road For a hollow mind two eyes are open   -Hōsai Ozaki Burnt by the road The day dawned cloudless with pure blue sky and warming fast. The tailwind I had enjoyed the day before was still going strong but shifted to become more of a crosswind. Not as enjoyable. The scenery was the same for the most part though there was a series of long rolling hills at one point. There were these…

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Journey to the East: 6 June 2012

The high plains A floating weed with a tiny flower blooming in the wind -Hōsai Ozaki High plains drifting So toward sunset a massive thunderstorm began. Crazy strong wind, regular lightening and then rain; becoming torrential rain. I hung out in the RV Park rec room listening to the wind howl and the thunder, until finally retiring around midnight as the storm still raged. The thunder finally stopped about a half hour later and not…

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