United States 1 July: Baker, Montana - Hettinger, North Dakota
Crossing into Friendly North Dakota
We are very grateful for the complimentary rooms offered by the Montana Motel last night in the town of Baker.
A group of young Paleontologists stopped their car to run a short distance with Pujari, sharing the Peace Torch and their enthusiastic goodwill.
We thought of trading in one of our vehicles for this classic old pick up truck but finally decided against it.
Shannon, a reporter from Marmath and her fiancee Jeff waited for us as we passed through her town of 100 residents. She was kind enough to interview us for the Fallon County Times which is a weekly newspaper covering the whole county.
In the town of Bowman we were greeted by Sarah, the local librarian who worked hard to get this beautiful library established in her home town.
The women's team were treated to a shopping spree by Malianga and her husband Sveto who travelled 3 hours from Bismark to meet us for the afternoon.
Malianga and Sveto share the Peace Torch with the women's team after buying lots of food to feed the runners for the evening.
Arpan offers Sveto a Peace Run shirt for his kind and enthusiastic support even though he had to leave the same day.
Two Bowman locals were thrilled to share the Torch when they saw us taking photos as they came out of the supermarket.
The women's team was up next to run, strong and ready to go. The fragrant flower fields seems to have given Nayaja some extra power to take on the hills and quickly rising temperatures.
Mananya fills the torches with fuel as they prepare to conquer the long stretches of highways in North Dakota.
Kshema and Nayaja look content as they fill up their plates with delicious food prepared by Pam Burch and her crew here in their new and beautiful cafe and eatery.
The cafe is usually closed on Sunday but they opened up and cooked for us and invited some of the locals to join us. Sidra, a young local runner, joins the women's team for dinner.
We offered an impromptu ceremony and sang for the friendly group of locals who came to meet and greet us today.
Pam Burch and her husband Andrew with one of their children Calista and one of the great cooks receive our little offerings of appreciation for their kindness in hosting us here today.
Pam and Calista are happy to see such a great crowd of people sharing in her newly renovated cafe and eatery.
Two local physical therapists, Alex and Kathleen Thompson, were very supportive in their encounters with some of the runners here.
Sidra and her mom, Melissa, were also very kind and supportive as they joined us here this afternoon for a wonderful meal and gathering.
Pam's mom, Louise Wood and her husband Gary who was working in the kitchen washing dishes at the time, were very instrumental in getting this beautiful venue ready for business less than a year ago.
We finally made it to our evening accommodation at the Tip Top Motel. Kayla, one of the managers here, kindly greeted our first team in and offered her great smile and friendly hospitality to us.