Michael's Excellent Adventure
Day 12, 6-27-2002
We left Minot and found highway 52 easily enough. We started the day with
some easy rollers, then it really flattened out. Good riding, but a steady
crosswind. We ate lunch at the Empress Cafe in Drake, fully staffed by a
bunch of Empresses, only one of which knew how to use the shake machine.
Then John and I pushed on through the wind to Harvey, where we noticed that
I'd popped a couple of spokes. Yikes! We pushed on, and I realized that
I really needed to take care of them the sooner, the better
so we stopped in the next town, Fessenden, and I replaced them. Then we
turned due south for a real face full of wind, and pushed on enough to get
us 24 miles from the day's goal of Carrington, and my rear derailleur cable
broke. ARRRGH! I installed my backup, and we finally pull into town at 8:15
PM, after 139 hard-fought miles.