Aug 052015
 
Day 30 - Circle, MT to Glendive, MT (04.08.2015) 77 (2579,8) 263 (18770) When I left Jim's RV Park this morning he got into his car and caught up with me just to say goodbye. He said, "I aughtta give you back your ten bucks for the nice chat we had" ... "That's ok" .... Getting onto the highway in a south-easterly direction I knew what was waiting for me: A long ride against a strong headwind. I knew it was a 30 km uphill and after the pass basically downhill so I was expecting a slow first half anyhow. But did I know what was coming! The wind increased by the minute. Do you how it is to stick your head out of a car going 50? You have difficulty breathing. Additionally, I had the feeling of a big, loud hand pressing against my chest. I crept at no more than 8-10 km/h for hours!  75 km against that wind? At least there would be that drop after the pass. But no, the wind didn't let me go more than 20 with pushing and I couldn't push hard today. At one point I was so frustrated and tired I got off my bike, sat on the  ground with my back to the wind and just waited for my well-being to catch up with me. I seemed to have left it behind in Circle when I left there ... So it took me 6 hours to do the 77km. And I'm staying here for a layover. I haven't had one since July 11 in Pine Grove. Where has all my energy gone? Slowly but surely I've had less energy every day. My behind is hurting, I cycle out of the saddle a lot which adds to fatigue and I feel I really need a rest! The weather is about to chnge. I was told by Larry in Essex (wow, that now seems like years ago) that if the wind in Northern Montana comes from the east this means "bad" weather" - and so it is. Right now while I'm writing I see black clouds moving in from the east.
   
This pass was only 5 km away but with the strong headwind it took me almost 30 min. to reach the top :(

This pass was only 5 km away but with the strong headwind it took me almost 30 min. to reach the top 🙁

On top of this little mountain range I had a wonderful view

On top of this little mountain range I had a wonderful view

... finally I reached Glendive where I am putting in a day of rest

... finally I reached Glendive where I am putting in a day of rest

   
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