Bicycling 4,174 Miles Across the United States

July 10th: Rugby to Devils Lake, ND

Scene along Route 3.

July 10th Statistics – Rugby to Devils Lake, ND:

  • Today’s Biking Distance – 84.3 miles
  • Today’s Average Speed – 12.8 mph
  • Today’s Time In Saddle – 6.6 hours
  • Today Ascent – 1,247 feet
  • Total Trip Biking Days – 20
  • Total Trip Biking Distance – 1,562.6 miles
  • Total Trip Average Biking Distance/Day – 78.1 miles
  • Total Trip Ascent – 51,281 feet
A long and hot ride with headwinds.  Beautiful scenery with good road surfaces.  A highlight of the day was dinner – The Ranch – outstanding.  I had filet mignon Sinatra style (port wine reduction and blue cheese crushed).  Robert ordered a baked potato and was delivered a 9 inch, 1.5 pound record breaker – none of us have ever seen a larger one.  You could have ordered a bottle of Opus One if so inclined.

Mile 15: Robert biking on Route 3 in the early morning.

Mile 23: View along Route 3 of ranch with Girard Lake in background.

Mile 25: Heartland Bison Ranch on Lake Girard – bison herd in background.

Mile 27: Typical view of central North Dakota.

Mile 33: Cattle cooling off in the muck.

Mile 49: View west along Route 19 in North Dakota.

Mile 49: View east on Route 19 in North Dakota.

Mile 64: Minnewaukan, ND which is on the shores of Devils Lake and where my friend Ellen’s father was born.

Mile 65: Our lunch stop in Minnewaukan. At the same counter I could order a hamburger cooked in a toaster oven or buy 1 pound of leeches.

Mile 73: Scene on Devils Lake which has doubled in size since 1993 and flooded roads and homes.

Mile 78: View of typical marsh bordering Devils Lake.

Fireside Inn and Suites Interior – Lodging in Devils Lake, ND.

One response

  1. shelley

    Hello Steve! How beautiful – your photos keep getting better and better. I love the photo of the cattle in the pond. When I saw Robert on the bike, at first I thought – NO – did Steve ditch his bumble bee look? 🙂 Glad you are on good biking surface again. That view of Central North Dakota is amazing. BTW – definitely wouldn’t rate that hotel room up there with a Ritz Carlton. I am happy to be seeing Nanc this Sunday. Love, Shelley

    July 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

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