« on: June 06, 2010, 08:39:20 pm »
G'day Clay, I know exactly how you are feeling. Some days out on those high plains are just murder, but you get through it. As a couple of other posters have already said, don't be too hard on yourself, and you can also get away with a few relatively short days through much of eastern Montana-Malta to Harlem to Havre to Chester are all quite manageable, especially with early starts. Chester to Cut Bank was by far my worst day for headwinds (I very nearly turned back just a mile out of Shelby where I had stopped for some breakfast), but after Cut Bank, you are pretty well into the foot of the Rockies and out of the wind.
And don't be overly concerned with "gravity" being an impediment in the mountains. After the winds across the plains, the climbing can be a relief, and don't forget, there is always the downside to the mountains. Overcoming such adversary can only make you stronger, and you will be laughing about it in just a few weeks time and even feeling a bit chuffed with yourself. Plus, it makes a good story to tell your family and friends, and you can embellish it as much as you like, because YOU WILL HAVE DONE IT!