Day 14 Bozeman, MT to Columbus, MT

Posted by cgiblin2 on July 8, 2011 in Day 14 |

Day 14 Bozeman, MT to Columbus, MT
Riding time today: 9:11
Riding time total: 85:07
Distance today: 108.49 mi
Distance total: 1,029.60 mi
Average speed: 11.9 mph
Top speed: 33.7 mph
Average cadence: 71 rpm
Max cadence: 94 rpm
Calories burned: 5,147

After having a full rest day yesterday, I made it a point to wake up early and be on the road by 8:00. I had a big breakfast, packed up the panniers and was set to go at 8:05. As I was moving my bike I noticed one small problem, my rear tire was flat again. Well, technically it was my front tire because I had the tires rotated at the bike shop in Bozeman. It was the stock tube, which was a no name brand so that may have had something to do with it. I inspected the outside of the tire and found nothing. Then, I looked inside and noticed a small wire sticking out from the inner part of the tire. It seemed the wire was part of the tire, but it could have been from something else.

I replaced the tube, and I was on the road at 8:35. I guess if I had to get another flat, it was good that it happened at the motel, rather than on the side of the road.

I was riding out of Bozeman, thinking that was a horrible way to start the day. I made it a point to start early, and look what happens! Well, that flat was the least of my problems for today. The I90 is essentially my home for the next week, so I was hoping that there would be a wide clean shoulder, as well as it being free of large amounts of re-treads. That hope did not come true, in fact the shoulder was smaller than before, plus there was much more garbage (which causes flats) on the shoulder too! I then made it a point to use the frontage roads as much as possible. However there was only one problem, the frontage roads on my map do not indicate: one, if they will eventually become gravel roads, and two, if they will true into private property roads. I learned that the hard way, hence my ride today was five more miles than it should have been.

Fine, I could deal with a little bit of backtracking, no big deal. Right around 9:00, I the lovely gift of an eastern wind that would last the rest of the day. This was a relentless headwind that showed no signs of letting up. What happened to all of the western wind that I needed to push me along?

After making it to the town of Big Timber, I had some hot pockets at a gas station, then continued on. It was around 3:30, and the temperature had reached 106 degrees! For me, anything in the 80s or 90s is fine, but a temperature well into the 100s, plus an intense headwind, well that makes for a very unpleasant day.

Anyway, at least I got a room, at a great rate I might add, $42! Tomorrow, I will be stopping by a bike shop in Billings to pick up two more spare tubes, along with a couple more c02 refills. Then, I will continue on to Hardin. I hope tomorrow will be better.

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