Friday, September 11, 2009

Day One Hundred Ninety-five, 090910 - Bismarck, ND

Day One Hundred Ninety-four, Date Thursday, September 10, 2009
Time in Saddle: n/a
Distance for the Day: n/a still in Bismarck, ND
Accumulated Trip Distance: n/a
Altitudes: Starting/Ending n/a
Speeds: n/a
Weather: clear and temperate all day
Expenditures: $40

Spent the day with Ron and Brian (Joyce had to work) and we went shopping for bicycle items for me and Brian; I replaced my flag ($4) and lightweight gloves ($21), and I advised Brian to get self-healing innertubes and tire liners; we tried three different places, but couldn’t find tire liners for his size tires, but he did get a pair of self-healing innertubes; Brian started in Anacortes, Washington, and is heading for Bar Harbor, Maine, and he just happened to also request a Warmshowers stay at Ron’s and Joyce’ house on the same day as me, so they took us both in; we spent several hours at the local (very nice) historical museum that had everything from dinosaur skeletons to Indian and settler artifacts, displays on the local biology and a lot more before doing a bit more shopping and then going to Kroll’s Diner, a local Germans-from-Russia restaurant where all three of us had knoephla (NEFF-la) soup (a chicken broth with chunks of potato and nuggets of dough), and fleischkuechle (FLYSH-coogle) (a spiced beef patty inside a deep-fried, somewhat thin-walled envelope of dough) that afternoon; when we got back to the house, we watched the weather channel and chatted away, ate some more ice cream and had slices of peach kuchen (KOO-gan), another German-from-Russia specialty – a kind of custard pie with a dough crust and, of course, peach slices – yummm! We chatted the night away, checked things out on the web, and everyone else went to bed at before midnight, while I blogged until about 4am (you know me by now!)

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