Bicycling 4,174 Miles Across the United States

July 6th – Wolf Point, MT to Williston, ND

Mile 81: Welcome to North Dakota – The first time I have ever been to North Dakota, which is the only state on my tour that can make the claim.

July 6th Statistics – Wolf Point, MT to Williston, ND:

  • Today’s Biking Distance – 103.3 miles
  • Today’s Average Speed – 12.8 mph
  • Today Ascent – 2,006 feet
  • Today Descent – 2,128 feet
  • Today’s Ending Elevation – 1,910 feet
  • Total Trip Biking Days – 15
  • Total Trip Biking Distance – 1,282.5 miles
  • Total Trip Average Biking Distance/Day – 75.4 miles
  • Total Trip Ascent – 46,572 feet

This post will be short.  Besides being the second longest ride of the tour so far, 103.3 miles (my 2nd tour century), it takes the record (at least until tomorrow) as the  longest time on the bike saddle in one day (over 8 hours).  Again, I was one of only three bikers out of eight that rode the entire distance for the day.  I left before 7 am (Mountain Time) and arrived in Williston (the US city with the lowest unemployment rate – <1% due to oil development) at 5 pm (Central Time).  While my speed was relatively slow, 12.8 mph, the 5-10 mph headwinds combined with over 2,000 feet of climbing and bad Montana road conditions are to blame .  Regardless, it was a fun day to ride with a few expections I’ll describe tomorrow.

Guest Susan and John left us tonight in Williston and caught an Amtrak train back to Chicago which leaves the 4 cross country riders (Robert, Doug, Jim and me).  Tomorrow is the longest ride of the entire tour – over 120 miles from Williston to Minot, ND, where I will have a day of rest and catch up with my post and photos (and laundry/bike cleaning/sleep/muscle pain/etc.).  I plan on leaving tomorrow morning before 7 am.  Good night.


3 responses

  1. Steve, Ellen’s dad was born and raised in Minnewaukan, ND near Devil’s Lake. Will you be passing though there?

    July 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    • Steve

      Rich and Ellen, I am actually overnighting at Devil’s Lake (Fireside Inn and Suites) about 15 miles from Minnewaukan. Unfortunately, my ride on Route 2 does’t take me through Minnewaukan. I also checked out Fairfax. I am going to go north and east of Fairfax by about 125 miles staying in Battle Lake, Long Prairie, Milaca and Red Wing. Steve

      July 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    • Steve

      Rich & Ellen, I just found out at dinner that I am riding through Minnewauken tomorrow and, in fact, will probably have lunch there after 60 miles of riding. Anything I should see or look up? Steve

      July 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm

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