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Cold Montana

Friday, September 20, 2013

Today, Thursday, on the Center of the Nation Series, we were in Montana.

The moon was full and so bright I used my sun visor. It was neat to see the moon light shining off the railroad tracks next to the highway.

The spot was much easier to get to than yesterday's location because it was about 100 yards off a Montana numbered route. There was a one room schoolhouse,

some other building and a sign that said "Albion 1914 - 1964"

It was an abandoned town.

I left Belle Fourche in plenty of time this morning and headed up US 212 again. It looked like something out of the end of Field of Dreams or Pay It Forward. A long line of cars all headed up this long road in the country in the dark, all turning onto the same side road. I wonder what the truckers thought?

Upon arriving, I got out of the car and "Balls! It cold!!!!"

Last spring we ran in 18ºF in Ulysses KS. I think it was colder today.

The temp on the dashboard said 43º but that didn't tell the story. The wind was blowing at a good 20MPH. I had no cold gear. Shorts and shirt. That was it. So I reached into my bug-out bag and got my jeans and sweat shirt and changed right there.

And I was still cold. But dressed like that, I decided that I would walk it today. I have never had disrespect for walkers. But today, I gained new respect for them. Four hours of walking used muscles I never use running.

And I took my big camera with me. After the first lap, I took a picture of every runner and walker who came toward me for the entire second lap. I think I got everyone.

And the vistas were spectacular.

Then it was on to the next site, Chadron Nebraska.

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