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TRIP 2007

Update #18 - June 29th
Clear Lake, South Dakota
7013 miles (11,220 KM) since Jan 01st
6172 miles (9,875 KM) since March 03



The ride has been okay from Rugby, Montana. After celebrating my 51st birthday in Rugby, Montana, I rode westward to Minot. I decided that this was the farthest west I was going to travel. I spent the weekend in Minot since I had to get a couple of spokes fixed on the rear wheel. Also, there was a day of super strong wind (up to 40 mph) from the west so there was no way that I could get anywhere.

I headed south to Gettysburg, South Dakota on U.S. 83. I had an extended stop in Linton, North Dakota. I wasn't planning this but I got seriously ill. A week before, I had a minor problem with diarrhea and bloating. I thought that I might have caught it from one of the kids I stayed with during my stop in Rugby, North Dakota. Last Friday, it came back with a vengeance. I suffered from every gastro-intestinal problem you could think of including throwing-up. I was staying at a motel.

I got so sick that the manager took me to the emergency room of the hospital. I had gotten so dehydrated from the diarrhea, that the emergency room personnel had to give me three regular bags of saline, a bag with potassium since my potassium level got really low, a bag with antibiotics, and several shots for the gastro-intestinal problem and nausea. I was in the emergency room for about three hours. The motel manager let me stay over for two extra days for free so that I could recover.

At Gettysburg, South Dakota, I turned eastward on U.S. 212 to Watertown. I'm getting ready to head back into Minnesota. I'm on the way to Zearing, Iowa to visit with some friends there. After Zearing, I'll be heading across Iowa in a SE direction to Bettendorf on the Mississippi River. From Bettendorf, IA, I'll be riding down the west side of the Mississippi River to Hannibal, Missouri and then crossing to the east side of the Mississippi River to Granite City, Illinois (across from St. Louis, Missouri).

I'll try and post an update as often as I can if my plans change. The next update should be posted between July 05th and July 12h. Hopefully, I'll have more to write about by then.




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