On Day 27 of Gavin’s fundraising ride for Ecojustice, he and Jenna make their trek more difficult by opting for a detour. Hopefully, they’ve learned their lesson.

Day 27
July 7
Distance Travelled: 68.04 km (Lodging: Tourist Park Campground, Valley City, N.D.)

We left Casselton on a small county road, trying to avoid the interstate. It was amazing at first, but later turned into a gravel road. We ended up biking 15 km on gravel and occasional pockets of loose sand. With fully-loaded bikes it felt kind of like trying to sprint in deep snow. I don’t recall ever being so happy to see pavement when we got to the next town. We had planned to bike 120 km to make up for the lost time the day before, but realized halfway through the day that this was too much to expect of Jenna on her first full day of biking.

Instead we biked to the halfway point of Valley City, ate ice cream at a little soda shop downtown, set up in the municipal campground a few blocks away and made pasta on my pocket stove. Somewhat fancier-than-normal cooking was made possible by Jenna bringing along such luxurious items as a cutting board, spices and a pan.

Only three more days of daily updates from Gavin, so stay alert. After Day 30, we’ll switch to weekly updates posted on our site each Friday.