Day 15 Columbus, MT to Hardin, MT

Posted by cgiblin2 on July 8, 2011 in Day 15 |

Day 15 Columbus, MT to Hardin, MT
Riding time today: 8:12
Riding time total: 93:19
Distance today: 95.37 mi
Distance total: 1,124.97 mi
Average speed: 11.6 mph
Top speed: 30.6 mph
Average cadence: 69 rpm
Max cadence: 141 rpm
Calories burned: 4,671

I was hoping that the eastern winds would have calmed down a little this morning. I really didn’t feel like battling the winds head on and traveling at a meager 10 mph. As I was entering the I90, I received a pleasant surprise, no wind! A tail wind would have been nice, but no wind was the next best thing.

I made it a point to take a few more breaks throughout today, so I stopped at a rest stop only 11 miles into the ride. I met a fellow bicycle enthusiast, Nate and we had a nice talk about touring. Simply by taking about bicycles and touring, I felt encouraged to make it to Hardin today (I was also considering stopping in Billings).

Around 2:30 I arrived in Billings. The city is incredibly different from Bozeman. It’s much more spread out and didn’t have any bicycle lanes! Anyway, I was here for one reason, and that was to find a bike shop and by a few more tubes and c02s. There will be parts of Wyoming in which I will be without a bike shop for 100 miles or more.

I found The Bike Shop on my GPS, and headed over there. It was a little far from the 90, but I didn’t have much of a choice. Dennis, the owner (pictured below), was a really cool dude. He suggested that I run thorn resistant tubes, instead of traditional tubes. Thorn resistant tubes are much thicker and apparently do not lose air as easily. He also gave me some frontage road tips from Billings to Hardin. And, he gave me is number and told me if I run into any trouble from here to South Dakota, to give him a call. That was really nice of him go do that.

Leaving Billings, I couldn’t help thinking that maybe I should just stay in Billings as the next town, Hardin, was 40 miles away. Whatever, it was only 40 miles, no biggie. The eastern winds had picked up again right as I was leaving. Oh great… I went into concentration mode and didn’t take too many pictures from Billings to Hardin.

I arrived in Hardin pretty worn out, and it was time to shop around for a motel. I saw a Super 8, which are around $80. Is that why they are called “Super 8?” I went a little further into town and came across Motel Lariat with rooms going for $50. Perfect! Tomorrow I will hopefully be in Wyoming, the state with more cows than people.

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Location:N Center Ave,Hardin,United States


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