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We had a nice short day so were in no rush to leave. We slept in a bit and then got ready at a relaxed pace while talking with Alex & Lexi, Jennifer’s other couchsurfers for a while. They’re from Australia, but had been living and working in Vancouver, Canada for 14 months before setting off on a road trip around the country. They had also travelled around South America and Alex (Alejandro) was of Argentinian descent so had lots of great pics and tips for places to see and things to do.

We left Jennifer’s and headed to a grocery store to get some snacks. This would be our last day on I90 and I was quite glad. While it had been novel when we first got on around Chamberlain, it was starting to get repetitive. I’ll have no problems riding on interstates again in the future, but I want a break from doing so now.

We stopped by Sturgis, the home of Sturgis Rally, a huge annual motorbike rally. It was a few days until the rally would start but the town was definitely ramping up. There were bikers everywhere and the prices in the grocery store we stopped at for lunch seemed higher than elsewhere.

About 15 miles from John’s, I got another rear puncture. I could feel that it was definitely less stable than it should be, but, as on the ride to Kalamazoo was reluctant to fix it on the side of the road. It was a slow flat and so I made the 8 miles to Walmart only having to stop once, in sight of Walmart, to pump it up. After getting some food I pumped the tyre back up and quickly rode to our destination, making it without having to re-inflate. It was another success for procrastination.

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