Quote of the Day 1: while taking a rest stop Gus said "Dad, look at the log in the river." My reply, "Get your log back on the bike so we can ride!"
Quote of the Day 2: Remarking on the landscape Sonia said: "I thought where we were riding yesterday had nothing. This has even more than nothing!"
We reached Havre (pronounced have-er) safe and sound despite: (1) a grass fire on both sides of the road we were riding on which produced choking smoke and almost zero visibility; and (2) road construction in Havre! We finally reached the library after riding for about a mile on a torn up road with gravel and many holes and then taking a "short cut" across the new but not yet opened road, through a couple of parking lots, and onto a back street. I would have stopped to take pictures but I was afraid we would be chased down by the construction workers!
Today we rode for the first time with all the gear on the bikes (I have four bags plus the trailer and Alison has two bags). Even with that we still averaged about 15 mph for the 63 miles to Havre from Chester, MT. The bike is slower going up hill but a lot faster going down!
Tonight we are staying in a dorm at Montana State University in Havre. That should be fun! And hopefully tonight we will be able to find a meal that consists of more than fried food. Although last night in Chester we ate at the Grand Cafe and Bar where they served delicious broasted chicken.
I hope to be able to post more pictures later tonight if the library on the campus is open.
One mechanical issue today: Alison's kick stand broke. We're not sure why; it is very heavy-duty. We stopped at the bike shop in Havre and asked if they had one. The guy had never even seen a recumbent tandem before. The kickstand is from RANS, but we won't be able to find one anywhere near here I am sure. This is really more of an inconvenience than a mechanical problem.
Thanks again for all the comments and support!