As mentioned earlier this was a tremendous 4th of July for me. I had a good ride thru some very interesting country. I rode around a bend near Alexander ND and there was a small herd of buffalo near the roadway and they were awesome. I just stopped and looked until they got bored with me and walked away.
Right before they moved aweay this guy gave me a salute or else he was making some buffalo chips, anyway it was cool.
I was feeling really good after seeing those buffs, I was thinking "what a great memorable 4th of July treat " and then shortly after I came across an American flag laying beside the road. It was automatic no thought process-I picked it up and stuck it on the back of my bike. I knew right away that I had found another item like that piece of chain that I would carry with me the rest of the trip , however long that is.
As I rode along I could here it flapping behind me and although I have felt that every day of this trip was super I had an overwhelming feeling come over me that was even better than super. Here I was in North Dakota on the 4th of July in the middle of doing a dream trip across the United States of America. I have mentioned prevously how Lou Gehrig's words described how I was feeling because this trip has done nothing but increase my appreciation for how wonderful this country is and its people are. I got something in both eyes at once for several miles when I thought how I really am the luckiest guy on the face of the earth to be able to do this. I wish that everyone can experience the feeling I had today, even for a little while.
Another thing that happened is that after I put up that flag about every driver who passed either waved or blew their horns, trucks , cars, motor cycles etc. I have had a lot of waves and smiles from folks so far on trip but nothing like today. What a rush, the hills and miles were like a blur, the peddles turned by themselves. It just did not matter how far or fast I was going , this was a hell of an experience.
I understand that this trip could go for 2 more months or end tomorrow but no matter what, I do know that at least for today I really am the luckiest guy on the face of the earth.