Monday, August 8, 2011

Day 10: Billings - Miles City

The last day before our restday was supposed to be a tough day. We had to cross 150 miles on this day. The track was pretty easy, only in the beginning and in the end we had some serious hill climbing, in between there was a lot of flat terrain. That allowed us to cross these miles pretty easy. We averaged about 20 miles per hour on this day which is the fastest during the whole trip. I recently read that incects could provide a serious souce of food for the future. Looking at the amount of grasshopper we met during this day I certainly believe so. In the fast decents it was like a constant "plopping" of grasshoppers against the CIBERQuest, and ofcourse against my sunglasses, T-shirts, legs and so on. People along the road promised us that it would only become worst when we would move further east... something to look out for.
During the lunchbreak the restaurant servant allowed me to take their icewater in my camelback (this is an isolated back of water that can hold about 1 gallon of water which I can drink from a tube). I was so thankfull for that because I could sip from that great cold water for the rest of the road. That felt so good during the enormous heat in the afternoon.

Day 9: Harlowton - Billings

This day almost felt like a restday. Only 100 miles to ride on an easy road that was slightly going down. We quite clearly left the mountains and were driving in a hilly area. Just before Billings the road became pretty busy so we had to ride on the shoulder of the road again. Then it started to rain. On our bikes we have a special cover that enables us to almost ride completely covered. Only the head sticks out of the bike then.
The last part of the trip was a steep decent into Billings, we had to cross the city in order to get to the GOA campsite. This campsite was perfectly equipped with all facilities that we needed. After 1 hour of arrival a tremendous rainstorm broke loose. We all had to hide in the toilet facilities.
During the night some party animals came in late and decided to keep us awake unfortunately...