Day 11 - Rapid City, South Dakota to Murdo, South
and I rolled out together, but something didn't feel right. I
just didn't seem to have any energy. I had been taking these all
natural energy tablets from a company called Excel, but didn't
take one that morning, and now given my lack of energy I suddenly
was convinced that they worked. Either that or I had caught the
cold that was going around. We were fighting headwinds again,
and I was losing.
We reached Badlands National Park, and fortunately the scenery
was so inspiring I didn't think too much about how bad I felt.
I went through an entire roll of film. The landscape is more like
a moonscape. It's a result of wind and rain and erosion, and is
a barren, jagged, but absolutely beautiful sight for miles and
I've tried to figure out why we had headwinds so much during
the trip. I really thought that predominant winds came from the
west, but we seemed to also encounter a lot from the north, south
and yes, east. This afternoon was no exception. The winds, while
nothing like the West Yellowstone day, just slowed me to a crawl.
When I finally
reached the motel I was worn out and depressed. My throat hurt,
my head hurt and I felt weak. I knew I had a cold, but I also
was convinced I needed more of those energy tablets. I
then proceeded to act like a junkie! I called Terry and left a
message to please get me some and send them to the next town.
I then called a friend in Boston and left the same message. I
went to the store and bought lots of juice, and vitamin C and
some sandwich meat and carrots for dinner. I felt lousy and didn't
want to sit in a restaurant. I just went back and crawled in bed
and ate carrots, hoping for more energy the next day.