Northern Tier 2010

July 27, 2010

Rocky Racoon

Filed under: Montana, North Dakota, Section 03 — Henry Scott @ 2:00 pm

Seth and I decided to make today a partial rest day, and we just rode from Culbertson, MT to Williston, ND. It was a fairly easy 45 miles despite strong northerly winds, but I’m glad we didn’t plan to go any further. I don’t sense any injuries building up, but I haven’t taken a day off yet, and I’m sure my body will appreciate the recharge time.

After a bit of a grind across the plains of eastern Montana, it felt good to enter North Dakota. (It may well be that we’re facing a grind for the next few weeks, especially if the winds don’t turn in our favor!) The photo of us by the North Dakota sign was taken by Jane and Paul of New Jersey: two grandparents crossing the country together by tandem. Our plan is to just relax in town for the rest of today — we may even go to a movie.

I’m also trying to decide whether or not to deviate from the “official” Northern Tier route and head south to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. My colleague Andy recommends it highly, but I’m currently leaning against because it would add about 150 miles to the trip. The mileage isn’t a huge deal, but it may be better to simply save it for another time and go with Jennifer. There’s so much to see, but it is hard to pass anything up!



  1. I am the mom of the girl going to Mishawaka next month. We visited w/you guys in Malta. (How was Stretch’s Pizza?) I am from Great Falls, MT. We were just there for the Phillips County Fair & an all school Dodson reunion.

    Seth is also the name of one of my twin nephews that you may have seen when we were asking you a million questions on Saturday!

    Thanks for giving me your blog address. It is very interesting/educational.

    God bless you guys on your journey!

    Comment by Terri LaVerdure — July 27, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

  2. Congratulations on getting to North Dakota!
    –Amazing to read about the grandparents tandem biking across the country.
    –Unsolicited advice: I’d wait until Jennifer can go with you to see
    Theodore Roosevelt Park. Don’t forget you’ve still got a long way
    to go this trip!
    This is the most wonderful blog. Loved the flower picture on the
    last entry.

    Comment by Celinda Scott — July 28, 2010 @ 1:38 am

  3. So fun, as always, to hear about your day’s experiences and progress! I’m afraid I’ve developed an addiction to my daily dose of Northern Tier news — when I first opened up the blog this evening, I thought it went straight from July 25 to July 25; and I thought, “Wait a minute! What happened to the 26th!!!” Then I noticed that I’d just scrolled too far too fast. I hope the winds change for you soon…


    Comment by Jerry — July 28, 2010 @ 3:52 am

  4. Hey Henry, Gail’s sis here, from Iowa……..Enjoying your blog, Bruce told me where to find you. What a great ride you are having!! RAGBRAI is this week here in Iowa but you are making that look like a tricycle ride!!! You are an inspiration to us all. Keep up the great blog, what fantastic pictures. Have a safe journey…….

    Comment by Carla — July 28, 2010 @ 6:22 am

  5. Like Jerry, I, too, need my daily fix of Northern Tier! Sometimes, my legs get sympathy-tired reading about headwinds. Here’s hoping for better breezes in the future! Cheers! Bruce

    Comment by Bruce — July 28, 2010 @ 11:29 am

  6. having fun tracking your progress and adventures!

    Comment by Joanna — July 28, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

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