Today has not been a good one. It’s annoying that despite 3 fairly straightforward days, I’m instantly on the back foot again after just one bad day. I’m not going to get much sleep tonight, and quite frankly I don’t really want to dwell on the details of today too much so this probably won’t be very long.
Things were going reasonably well for the first hour or so. The road I was riding on was an alternative to riding on the main freeway and it was actually quite nice… Until it stopped. Long story short – I had to turn back, so I ended up riding very close to 20 miles for no reason. (I also can’t put this distance towards my 18,000 mile total which is very annoying). This whole diversion did not amuse me as I was already a bit later than anticipated after forgetting to set my alarm. To add insult to injury, I had a crosswind this morning so it hindered me before and after I turned around.
Once back on the main road, I started to calm down a bit and began to relax into the day. Then I got a puncture. After removing the offending piece of metal, replacing the tube and a lot of cursing, I was on my way. After less than 5 kilometres a spoke decided to snap.
It was at this point that I had a pretty major sense of humour failure. I managed to fix the spoke but I was pretty much fuming until I hit my planned stopping point at what would have been 50 miles (but was instead 70).
I managed to calm down a bit as I ate some food, but this was short lived as I realised it was already close to 2 o’clock and I still had 75 miles to go. After stopping at Miles City, the road turned a corner and the crosswind became a headwind. I guess that was the only way to top off such a fantastic morning!
I didn’t really enjoy any of today and considering it has been the longest riding time of the whole trip, this is not a good thing. I’m glad it’s out the way.
Distance: 139.21miles / 224km (Of which only 119.7miles / 192.6km are going towards my total)
Riding Time: 9.5 hours Approx.
Av. Speed: >14.5mph