July 9th Statistics – Minot to Rugby, ND:
- Today’s Biking Distance – 72.9 miles
- Today’s Average Speed – 14.9 mph
- Today’s Time In Saddle – 4.9 hours
- Today Ascent – 635 feet
- Today Descent – 834 feet
- Today’s Ending Elevation – 1,214 feet
- Total Trip Biking Days – 19
- Total Trip Biking Distance – 1,478.3 miles
- Total Trip Average Biking Distance/Day – 77.8 miles
- Total Trip Ascent – 50,034 feet
Interesting day of sightseeing – visited 3 notable sites: 1) Rugby, ND – The Geographical Center of North America (see photo above), 2) Towner, ND – The Cattle Capital of North Dakota (see photo below), 3) The World’s Largest Metal Belt Buckle at the Prairie Village Museum in Rugby, ND (see photo below). Nothing new in terms of terrain or scenery. However, I did see my first crop duster in a field I passed (fortunately, I was upwind).
We had to delay our departure due to rain. Our 20% chance of showers delivered before 9 am. The rest of the day delivered increasing sunshine and temperatures. Headwinds in the morning (5-10%) slowed us down, but switched to tailwinds in the afternoon so overall I averaged almost 15 mph for the day.
I won’t be able to add more tonight (7/10) or enter today’s post and pictures – I am exhausted. While the mileage today was only 84 miles, we had a headwind all day (5-10 mph) and heat. Additionally, tomorrow is an 80+ miles day, we are facing 15-25 mph headwinds, and there is a 60% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. We are leaving at 6:30 am. Hope to catch up by the time we reach Fargo on Thursday.
Enjoy the photos and be sure to read the captions.
P.S. I added a new statistic – Daily Hours In The Saddle. When I started the tour, I thought that mileage was the governing factor for how long it would take to ride each day – wrong. Road conditions and winds are just as important to how long I ride. Examples: My longest day in the saddle was 8.1 hours to ride 103.3 miles while it only took be 8.0 hours to ride 122.9 miles on another day. On the most windy day it took 5.8 hours to ride 53.5 miles while it only took 24 minutes longer to ride 105.5 miles on another day.