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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-02-2013, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tour of North Dakota

Gonna be gone awhile. I have spent the last month preparing to go on my first bicycle tour, 600 miles through North Dakota in 9 days. We start at Watford City (just north of Teddy Roosevelt NP) and will work our way around the state over the next nine days including 2 nights in the Park, Bismarck, Rugby (the Geographical center of North America) and time at Lake Sakakawea State Park. We leave July 4th.

Bought a new bike last month (had to sell the JS2000 to help pay for), fully outfitted it and have spent much of my time planning to make sure I have everything to sustain me for a week+. We will be staying at motels once or twice but will mostly be camping. Eating at a cafe or the like once a day and cooking our other meals at the campsite.

This is the biggest adventure I have ever been on and am looking very forward to it!!!

My goal is 2500 miles this year (got 500+), hoping to get down to 210 from 240. Cycling will be the drug for me for awhile, well...besides Tennessee Honey (lets not get stupid)

We rode 131miles over 2 days a few weeks ago and I forgot to eat enough and bonked, wont make that mistake again.

Wish me luck

Wish me luck.
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damn! sound like lots of work, but also fun! our drummer is a big biker so I get to hear all this kind of stuff. next time make your way through MN too.!!
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damn! sound like lots of work, but also fun! our drummer is a big biker so I get to hear all this kind of stuff. next time make your way through MN too.!!
We will be driving right by St Paul/St cloud, we almost camped nearby but there are no camping spots available for July 4th. We weren't supposed to leave till the 5th but buddy got the 4th off so we get to leave a day earlier but screwed up our travel plans. Now we are driving to Fargo instead.
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We will be driving right by St Paul/St cloud, we almost camped nearby but there are no camping spots available for July 4th. We weren't supposed to leave till the 5th but buddy got the 4th off so we get to leave a day earlier but screwed up our travel plans. Now we are driving to Fargo instead.
yeah, thats too bad. It gets pretty crazy here in the summer as far as the amount of people, I suppose, we get like, 4 months a year when its not snowing so everyone makes the most of it
Lots of little towns once you get past The Twin Cites so keep you eyes out for camping and KOA signs. You might actually find somewhere to pitch a tent
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It is a great way to see the country. I was supposed to go to maine last year but had to work.
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Best of luck Jeff. Great way to spend a week. Give us a trip report when you get back! May your tires never go flat and the wind always on your backs!
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Good Luck and have fun. Can't wait to hear a report of the adventure.
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That sounds like a great tour! that is an aggressive goal of 600 miles in 9 days....that's over 100km per day! ouch =/ I hope it's fairly flat in North Dakota... bummer you had to sell a JS to get the bike but I wish you all the best in your adventure! I love hiking and cycling and kayaking and outdoor activities so I am totally excited for you! Good luck and be careful!
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5 days in, 290 mikes, still 280 to go. Slept in a ditch one night because there was no one to sleep for 25 miles in any direction. Road a very dangerous oil trunk traffic, tanker from the oil boom and it worker. Went 2-days without much fooD at all. Nd town (that are not closed)
Are few and far beteen

3 70 mile day so far.some of the streets are so traffics that we met a guy that was willing to drive form watford city to killdeer, probably kept us alive. Busy, traveled road

I will be doing a journal I will post
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anyone else worried??
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yeah, it's hard to understand some of the post but it's sounding a bit sketchy... =[
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anyone else worried??
I am a little.
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5 days in, 290 mikes, still 280 to go. Slept in a ditch one night because there was no one to sleep for 25 miles in any direction. Road a very dangerous oil trunk traffic, tanker from the oil boom and it worker. Went 2-days without much fooD at all. Nd town (that are not closed)
Are few and far beteen

3 70 mile day so far.some of the streets are so traffics that we met a guy that was willing to drive form watford city to killdeer, probably kept us alive. Busy, traveled road

I will be doing a journal I will post
LMAO, Wow, I do not remember posting this, spell check must have been off and I probably was blown up as it had gotten hot.

I got home yesterday. Total of about 480 miles over 7 days. It was quite the experience.

Long story short, North Dakota is VERY unpopulated and some places are not easy to travel by bike in because of the oil boom hence the oil tanker traffic I had spoke about. We went 3 days without a solid meal or a shower even. I was probably not right in the head when I wrote the above. I had a rough few days. I was not used to riding 70+ miles in rolling hill country loaded down with a 90# bike. I was effectively powering 330# (bike + me) over the North Dakota county roads.

We camped in town parks, ate what we could (whatever the bar was serving since there were no cafes open when we rolled into town or the Ramen noodles we had) and did not see much besides the rolling prairies that covered most of ND. I found out that ND is the second largest oil state in the US behind Texas.

The guy I went with loved the fact that we just camped wherever we found a spot, we honestly expected some more campgrounds, motels and civilization than what we saw. Fast food is not existent in ND besides in some of the bigger cities.

The story with the ditch day: We had been riding for about 40 miles and had not seen a town that had a cafe, diner or even hot food at a gas station. One of the little towns called Parshall that we rode through was completely closed up besides the gas station and post office, it used to exist, it did not look like it did any longer. We got into New Town which we expected to be good size, besides the 2 gas stations and Indian casino, it was not. We passed up the motel that looked like it had vacancy but did not stay because we only had 40 miles in and that was not enough for my riding partner. We stopped at the casino to have lunch but the buffet closed at 2pm (we got there at 2:15) and did not open again till 5. We had a cheeseburger from the snack bar, charged my phone and went to the gas station to get water and decided to ride on. We THOUGHT there would be something down the road so I did not load up on water. There wasn't. We turned down one of the country roads that was listed as a scenic bypass expecting to find a campground or something, instead we found mountainous roads and oil rigs. after riding 74 miles, I was cooked (literally, it was 87 out and I was baking in the sun)

We started looking for a place to camp for the night, we could not make Watford City which was 30-40 miles up the road yet and just figured we could find some shade behind the trees. That turned out bad also because the trees were inside the cattle grates and fences, acres and acres of pasture ground. We found a flat spot in a ditch/washout and setup camp for the night. While we did, the Indian reservation police showed up and told us to be careful because baddies tend to get lost out here. One of them gave me a gatorade and a worker stopped and gave us each a water. 2 of the 3 police also mentioned to watch the ticks which I had already found out as one of them was crawling on my leg as soon as I threw my tarp down and another had jumped onto my arm as I readied my camp stuff. I was really happy at that point that I had a tent to hide in.

Sleep was very broken through the night as the oil truck and construction traffic were up and down the road most of the night, somewhere around 4am I heard a pack of wolves calling to each other.

Morning came and we rolled out about 7am after I choked down some oatmeal.

A fun trip but my next one will be in a more populated area.
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well, we are all glad you are still alive!
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well, we are all glad you are still alive!
Thanks!!!!!
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