Jun 11, 2012

Distance today = 51.09 km; Total distance = 7627.20 km; Location = Hawley (11 km west of) – 46 52.560′ N, 96 27.461′ W; Start time = 0831, Finish time = 1612



When you have to run in serious gale force winds, it’s always preferable to have them at your back. Luckily for me, that was the case this afternoon. The weather report indicated the wind speed regularly exceeded 80 km/h. It pushed me along noticeably faster than normal. It would have been fantastic to have been cycling with it. Even a weak cyclist could have coasted at 50 km/h.

Last night I had been feeling decidedly out of sorts. I thought I may have been getting something. But it was nothing a good night’s sleep couldn’t fix. I continued to pick up throughout the day, and felt great by the end.

Around lunch time I crossed a small river in the large town of Fargo. The river is the border between North Dakota and Minnesota. There was a toll booth on the little bridge, charging motorists 75 cents to cross. Apparently it’s a privately owned bridge, and the toll must be an historic artefact, going back to the day when private citizens could build bridges and charge people to cross. I got across for free in the pedestrian lane. The support vehicle had to pay later when it made the crossing.

That means I’m now in my tenth US state of this run. And there are at least ten to come.