North Dakota was a surprise to our geographic bubble: not flat; not dry; not treeless (as in, there are trees). Industrial scale agriculture. Nice, fine people.
Badlands in ND near Theodore Roosevelt National Park
|Day||Town||Distance||Riding Time||Elevation Gain||Avg. Speed|
|26||Medora, ND||63.5 miles||5:34 hours||2,586 feet||11.4 mph|
|27||Bismarck, ND||68 miles||6:29 hours:min||2,067 feet||10.5 mph|
|28||Napoleon, ND||68.4 miles||5:18 hours||2,218 feet||12.9 mph|
|29||Clausen Springs, ND||94.2 miles||7:16 hours||2,247 feet||13 mph|
|30||Fargo, ND||82.7 miles||6:31 hours||1104 feet||12.7 mph|
Time for more full disclosure. Medora to Bismarck is actually about 128 miles. I wasn’t up for that in one day, but I was aiming for 100 miles. Didn’t happen: 1. Late start. 2. Chose Perkins for breakfast–took an hour and a quarter for pancakes, eggs, and bacon–morale: eat local (topic for a future post). Result: later start. 3. Time change costing another hour: 12 or so counties in western N. Dakota are Mountain Time and the rest of the state is Central Time. 4. Plotting bad course with almost 30 miles of dirt road–turned around which cost 10 miles. 5. Imminent thunder storms.
Lame excuses; stuff happens. In the grand scheme of things I’ll make up much of it with other rides and a lot of north–south distance that doesn’t get us further east.