Northern Tier 2010

July 29, 2010

Might Not in Minot

Filed under: North Dakota, Section 03, Section 04 — Henry Scott @ 9:00 pm

Today didn’t go as planned, but it provided some additional, and welcome rest. We left Berthold fairly early to have breakfast in Minot (pronounced “my-knot”), get some work done on Seth’s bike and check out the ND state fair. The 24-mile ride, however, did not go smoothly: Seth had a spoke break early on, and I had my first flat tire (after 2,343 miles since building the bike). Neither of these were a big deal, but the winds were strong and against us, and the ride started to feel like it would never end. On the bright side, the scenery was excellent.

We took a long break at a truck stop for showers, laundry and all-you-can-eat pancakes. The day was starting to look up! But, I think I had one too many pancake refills, and my stomach hurt for the rest of the day. Let it be known that I stopped at 11, whereas Seth consumed 15, with no I’ll effects (he’s 11 years younger).

From there we went to the bike shop, hoping they’d prioritize a quick re-tensioning of Seth’s wheel, but we were told it would be several hours, and Seth decided to wait for the next town. At that point we were ready to check out the fair, but I was still recovering from the pancakes so we took a break in the public library.

The cool environment of the library felt so good that we decided to pass on the fair altogether and see a movie — such a distraction from the road had been on our minds for several days. We saw, and enjoyed, Inception, but didn’t get out of the theater until close to 7:00 p.m.

With not much daylight left we only covered an additional 9 miles to Surrey, but we find ourselves in another pleasant city park (with a shower, which is more rare). Finally, it is storming while I write this, but our tents were pitched well in advance and under the cover of a picnic shelter — perfect sleeping conditions!



  1. Only 11 pancakes? Really? JUST 11 . . . whatever ill effects you suffered were surely well deserved! 😉 I’m surprised that the LBS gave Seth, obviously a Northern Tier-er, such a long wait. Hopefully you were able to find a shop to take on the task and Seth is back to full tension and true as you read this.

    Comment by Bruce Spitzer — July 30, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

  2. Hi

    I am curious about the shower comment. Here in Australia we have what we call “caravan parks” which generally offer low cost tent spaces, showers, camp kitchen and laundry (coin operated). The cost to pitch a tent is generally under $10.00. Is this similar to where you are or are you referring to recreation parks?

    All the best with the ride.


    Comment by Andrew Priest — July 31, 2010 @ 1:41 am

    • We’ve been staying in very small towns with populations of only a few hundred. Many of them have small “city” parks, usually located near the railroad, in which they allow people to pitch tents — usually free of charge. I’m not sure, but I suspect they may do this specifically because they’re on the Northern Tier route. It seems to be mainly a western phenomenon — I don’t recall ever finding such hospitality further east. Those that allow camping always make a restroom available, but the quality and cleanliness are highly variable. Only about one in three, in my limited experience, has had a shower.

      Comment by Henry Scott — July 31, 2010 @ 11:45 am

  3. Congratulations on completing Section 3 of the Northern Tier Route!
    I see that Section 3 is the longest one, 591.5 miles. –Love, Mother

    Comment by Celinda Scott — August 2, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

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