Prairie Dog Plains - Heading South For a Promise of A Warmer Winter - CycleBlaze

August 15, 2019

Prairie Dog Plains

Hardin to Billings

We woke up at 5am and it still took us until 7:30 to get on the road.
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Too much wheat! The farmers are dumping it in this big pile
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Big sky, sweeping plains
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Every once in a while a farm!
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We climbed 1800 feet
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Of course lots of hay fields
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We are in the middle of no where
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There's a bull behind me but it was sunny and Step accidently lined me up in front of him so you can't see him
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These pretty yellow flowers lined the road for miles
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Bees and butterflies too
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Bill ShaneyfeltNice! Got a bumble bee busy pollinating a sunflower.

Was going to try and ID the bee species, but there are over 25 species in Montana! Who knew?
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Janet Anspach-RickeyTo Bill ShaneyfeltI wouldn't know where to begin to try to identify the different species.
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4 weeks ago
Bill ShaneyfeltTo Janet Anspach-RickeyWell, there are ID keys on the internet, but they want to know details that do not show up.
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Bill ShaneyfeltTo Janet Anspach-RickeyHere is an example:

http://www.mtent.org/projects/Bumble_Bees/key_female.html
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Janet Anspach-RickeyTo Bill ShaneyfeltTurgite? Scutum? It's another vocabulary! You're amazing.
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4 weeks ago
Here come the hills
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Field art
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Such a beautiful ride today
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A fire swept through this area
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Thousands of prairie dogs
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After a big climb we could see the beginnings of Billings
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Yellowstone River
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Our warm showers in Billings
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THree days ago the garden was flattened by golf sized hail
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We get the whole basement
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Here's Pat
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Claire- 20 years old
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Tom
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Time for dinner!

Today's ride: 60 miles (97 km)
Total: 11,123 miles (17,901 km)

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