We started the day with breakfast at 6:30 a.m. We were glad to get an early start because we had an 18 mph side/head wind. We rode on a bike path for about 10 miles which took us over the Missouri River and got us out of Bismarck.
After the trail we started climbing which along with the head/side wind we had to work fairly hard.
A little after leaving the trail, Ed had his 6th flat on his front tire. He got it fixed in quick order and we were back on the road.
Just shortly after we arrived at the first rest stop in New Salem.
The route leader received a call that one of the other riders had some major bike problems. The rider was new to the Northern Tier today so the route leader had to take off before we had much chance to rest. No big deal when a rider may be in trouble.
Our next rest stop was 23 miles down the road and at this one we were able to get a large Po’boy sandwich and Gatorade.
This only left 18 more miles to the finish point in Hebron, ND. Here we are staying in the Hebron Community Center. It has a large open gym area where we can all sleep inside but a few opted to camp out.
We made the owner of one café happy since a number of us went to her café on what would have been a quiet night.