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Biking with bison

2010-07-08

It turns out the wifi was coming from the Community Center, not the bar. Either way I did respond to a work issue or two before hitting the road.

My adventures on Highway 85 continued as I entered a construction zone. Traffic was limited to a single lane and I was hard pressed to keep up with the peloton as the pace car slalomed between hazards (to mix many sports metaphors).

After a several mile downhill coast I arrived at the northern unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park (which seems to be back in Central Time -- so confusing). I think the north unit is even cooler than the south. There are less people. The prairie dogs are replaced by longhorn cattle and buffalo. The scenery is bigger. And the road follows an interesting route that has the badlands on one side and a sea of grass on the other.

I saw many critters today. The buffalo in the park seemed little concerned with tourists. As usual both mule and whitetail deer saw me coming long before I could get a good picture. And a yellow lab exploded out of a yard and scared me nearly to death.

I exited the park through a horse gate onto a couple of muddy ruts. From there I would spend hours cruising rolling hills of grass and crops and little else.

My last destination of interest was the Cartwrite Tunnel and Fairview Bridge that is part of a rails-to-trails project bordering Highway 200. What a complete and utter disappointment! How can a tunnel and bridge be disappointing? Because they are accessible from only the west side of the Yellowstone River. How stupid is that? A bridge that doesn't let you actually cross the river!

A bit after that terrible letdown I finally crossed the North Dakota-Montana border. I biked over 1000 miles in North Dakota alone.

I need to get some work done and react to a few crisis, so I actually called or stopped at 7 motels before I found one with a room available. This is all because of the oil boom. The final hotel only had a room available because a group of geologists had packed up this morning after staying a month. Thank you again geologists.

I'm posting more pictures than usual today.

Little Missouri River in Theodore Roosevelt North


very poor picture of longhorn cattle


bison trail


first view after a very long climb


view from River Bend Overlook


it's really just a big ditch


I smell you


leaving the park the back way


whitetail doe and fawn


biking through a lot of nothing


fun times on Highway 85


stupid Fairview Bridge


welcome to Montana

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