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was named after Richard Harlow, who built the “Jaw
bone” railroad branch leading to Lewistown.
Buildings were made of stone from the nearby quarry.
Harlowton was first named Merino after the abundance
of that breed of sheep found in the area. Sheep and
wool was a large production for the area. A large
flour mill also provided economic value for the
town. Harlowton is a convenient stop at the junction
of U.S. Highways 12 and 191. Of special interest are
the E-57B Electric Train Park commemorating the
longest stretch of electric railway in North
America, and a pioneer bronze sculpture entitled
‘And They Called the Land Montana.’ The Upper
Mussellshell Museum includes a general store, Indian
artifacts, pioneer home, and Avaceratops lammersi
dinosaur display. Nez Perce Trail and Chief Joseph
Park, off U.S. Highway 12, offers camping, scenic
walkways, a fishing pond and playground.
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DAY 12 - FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2008 - - - -
rain, LOTS OF WIND!
4,196 Feet (544' More Than Yesterday)
Total Distance Traveled:
Thoughts For Today:
My day started
out with a wonderful time at Ryegate School where I got an
opportunity to speak with the children there about P.A.C.E.
- and to answer many good questions that they had. Ryegate
School has a team that is participating in P.A.C.E. Trek and
by what I saw on their Montana map for the event it appears
that they are ahead of me! They're doing great and I'm so
happy that they're enjoying being able to follow my progress
and learn some new things. After speaking to them and
answering questions, I got on the road heading to Harlowton.
I got a later start than I typically do and knew that I
would get in a little later than usual for a 29-mile day.
However, meeting the students was well worth it!
The first 12 miles went very smoothly and my left foot felt
pretty good. However, the road's shoulder eventually
disappeared and by the time I got to Shawmut, which was
about half-way to Harlowton, the winds picked up
considerably and were right into my face (as usual). The
combination of very strong headwinds and no shoulder made
the middle 13 miles quite long. Highway 12 had a lot of
traffic today between Ryegate and Harlowton, including a lot
of semi trucks. Since I had no shoulder on the road for Bob
to roll easily on, I was in the rough ditch much of the
day... which had grass, weeds and gravel. The headwinds west
of Shawmut were the strongest I've encountered on this trek.
I was talking to my father after the day was completed and
he said that he saw a weather report noting a high wind
advisory for the area I was going through. In fact, the wind
was so strong that I had to push Bob DOWNHILL! It was a very
exhausting 17 miles from Shawmut to my hotel in Harlowton.
My body is pretty drained this evening and I am relaxing
with my feet up after treating my legs and fee to ice.
Pushing Bob in very strong headwinds is very strenuous. It
requires a lot of hard pushing, and when combined with the
wind drafts from the large trucks that seemed to constantly
pass me today, it was tough!
Today I had the closest encounter with a car on this trek.
I'm always very good about watching oncoming traffic (which
I'm facing). However, I can't always watch every car that's
coming up behind me in the other lane - although I do have a
rearview mirror. Well, at around 20 miles into the day I was
on a stretch of road that had no shoulder and where I was on
a slant trying to push Bob through the rough edge of weeds
and gravel. A car suddenly went by Bob extremely close (Bob
was closest to the white line on the outside edge of the
lane). The guy in the car was passing another car and
apparently did not even see me there. I would say that Bob
was about a foot from the white line when the car whizzed
by... and the driver's left wheels touched the white line.
He was going about 75 miles per hour and the draft of air
created by his car nearly blew Bob over. It was a very close
call and I'm so glad that I wasn't any closer to the white
line of the roadway. The driver was in quite a hurry... and
most of the driver's were today. I couldn't believe the
number of near head-on collisions I saw today due to people
passing other cars and trucks. It is truly a dangerous
stretch of road between Shawmut and to about 7 miles from
Harlowton. I had no choice but to walk most of the day due
to the lack of road shoulder and incredibly strong winds. I
also endured one rain storm earlier in the day, but then
most of the other rain storms moved pass me to the south. As
the day progressed, it definitely got cooler. In fact, I'm
watching the local weather right now and they're saying that
we could get some snow this evening! However, it's supposed
to warm up to 60 degrees tomorrow with only a 30% chance of
precipitation. The winds are supposedly going to be less
(about 10 to 15 miles per hour). We'll see. I truly need a
break from the wind. It is exhausting me. In the past 36
hours I've logged 70 miles and much of that has been done
with a headwind. I'm not exaggerating when I say that in the
past 36 hours I've exerted the amount of energy that I would
typically expend to log 100 miles. Pushing your body and a
80-pound jogging stroller against very strong headwinds
takes much more power than moving forward in calm
also saw several farmers today preparing their fields. The
picture to the right shows one of the tractors I saw near
the end of my day.
So, today marked my 10th day on the pavement and I am now
halfway across Montana (I've logged 311 miles so far). It's
good to know that beginning tomorrow I'll have more miles
behind me than in front of me!
Tomorrow will be a 26-mile day to Martinsdale where I'll
stay at the Crazy Mountain Inn. I'm sure I won't have an
Internet connection and I'll try to get a voice mail message
to Rob so that he can post an update. I'll also try to get a
high-speed connection soon so that I can post pictures and
videos from the past couple of days. I really need a
high-speed connection in order to upload the pictures and
videos. So, please be patient!
I hope that everyone had a terrific week of running and
walking! Thanks to those who sent notes of encouragement to
me this week. You really don't know how much I appreciate
Montana "Did You Know?"...
Montana's nickname is the "Treasure State." Other nicknames
include "Land of Shining Mountains," "Big Sky Country," and
"Last Best Place." It officially became a state on November
Americans "Did You Know?"...
Montana has many annual Indian events, such as: Battle of
Little Bighorn Reenactment (June in Hardin); Annual Red
Bottom Celebration (June in Frazer); North American Indian
Days (July in Browning); Northern Cheyenne Annual Fourth of
July Celebration (July in Lame Deer); Annual Arlee Fourth of
July Pow Wow (July in Arlee); Annual Wahcinca Dakota Oyate
Celebration (July in Poplar); Annual Milk River Indian Days
Pow Wow (July in Harlem); Crow Fair and Rodeo (August at
Crow Agency); Annual North American Indian Alliance Pow Wow
(September in Butte); and, Last Chance Community Pow Wow
(September in Helena).
Fitness "Did You Know?"...
Children often learn from adults and follow in a similar
path. In 32 of the U.S. states, 60 percent of the population
is either overweight or obese. West Virginia ranks highest
in the combined statistic, with nearly two-thirds of its
adults obese or overweight. Mississippi, where almost one in
three adults are obese, also ranks highest in adult
hypertension and physical inactivity. It's tied with the
District of Columbia in poverty and ranks second-highest in
adult diabetes. West Virginia came in second in the obesity
ranking, followed by Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina and
Tennessee. Nationwide, more than 25 percent of adults in 19
states are obese, up from 14 states last year. This
information, reported by CNN, is according to a recent
by the Trust for America's Health.
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update. Run back here tomorrow!
Keeping on PACE,
Along The Way...
Montana today. Shawmut, once a station for the
Milwaukee Railroad was named for a local
rancher. It is located along the Musselshell
River near Deadman's Basin Reservoir. The
Avaceratops lammersi dinosaur was discovered in
the Shawmut area and it is now housed in the
Upper Musselshell Museum in Harlowton. Shawmut
Elementary School has a total of 7 students.
Paul's Current Position In Montana