Day 18 – A Day of Firsts

We rode our first Century, 108 miles from Hingham to Dodson. The tailwinds helped but it was a long day in the saddle. 

Our first real dog scare occurred about a mile out of Havre. He had run up a big bank from a trailer home and was on us without warning, barking incessantly and lunging at us. Olivia has become a pro at pulling out the pepper spray quickly, thanks to other encounters with slightly friendlier canines. Fortunately the owner called for the angry dog and he was sparred a dose of pepper spray. 

Olivia at the ready with pepper spray

Have I mentioned it’s been HOT? Every day since Seattle it’s been well over 90 degrees. Well this was the first day it did not reach 90. In fact it was “only” 85. What a treat!

And finally, we’d had our first thunderstorm overnight so had mud and puddles to start the day. It quickly warmed and was sunny but we raced a rainstorm our last 20 miles of the day. The rain finally caught us though, which was a welcome relief. 

Oh, and it was my birthday! What a great way to spend the day 😉

John

4 thoughts on “Day 18 – A Day of Firsts

  1. I love reading these posts and checking all over social media for you guys. Watching the tour is a tiny bit of a chore (and fun too) but this is all fun! Good idea on the pepper spray = I don’t know if I would have thought of that.

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  2. Wow, you are halfway across Montana! Nice work all of you! And happy birthday, John. You are looking pretty happy indeed. I love the updates from the Rig Driver. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, Emily!

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  3. Happy birthday John!. Izzy and I are checking out your blog, and I am trying to persuade her to be MY stoker. Not making much headway.

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