Day 25 of Gavin’s fundraising ride for Ecojustice begins with a continental breakfast and ends with a Terrence Malick film. In between there’s plot delays, postcards and bike repairs. Enjoy.

Day 25
July 5
Distance Travelled: 0 km, bike-repair day (Lodging: Judith’s apartment, Fargo)

After continental breakfast No. 2, we checked out the Comfort Inn and walked our fully-loaded bikes an hour downtown to Great Northern Bicycle Co. While my chainring cost us five minutes and three dollars to hammer and bend it back into place, Jenna’s front hub needed bearings that the mechanics couldn’t find in town. They had to order them, with an expected arrival time of 2 p.m. the next day. So we took another day off.

Judith from Day 22 was nice enough to offer her place again. She also gave me an awesome package of her homemade postcards. As an art project — she has a degree in fine arts and was a printmaker as well as a mechanic — Judith had left similar postcards in public places with a note saying, “Send these to five people that you love.” She gave me the idea of addressing them to my Vancouver home, stamping them, and leaving them in random places along the road with notes trying to get people to write something on them and send them to me. I bought the stamps.

Jenna and I spent the day wandering around Fargo: book shops, parks in the shade, delis, cherry coke, pizza, beer and The Tree of Life, a movie which was pretty interesting in the middle but didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

Gavin returns to the road with Jenna tomorrow and realizes that getting across North Dakota can be hectic.