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Lewis and Clark Ride: more Montana

Nearing Mosby, Mt. on Montana Highway 200. Over 700 miles long, Highway 200 is the nation’s longest state highway, spanning the entire length of Montana. (Google Streetview image)

Just checking in, over 1700 miles in and at this stage I am roughly halfway to the Pacific.

Like the legendary explorers whose route I am recreating, I’ve had my share of equipment issues. My PROFORM Tour de France bike’s motor that tilts the bike frame up and down when ascending or descending hills broke ages ago, and they sent me a replacement. I haven’t installed the new part yet, because I prefer the bike not pitching up and down, and I don’t want to break into the guts if I don’t have to. Continue reading “Lewis and Clark Ride: more Montana”

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Lewis and Clark virtual ride photo of the day: Culbertson

The Missouri River is a LOT smaller than it used to be at this point of the trip — just under 700 feet wide here. Looking west from the Montana Highway 16 bridge, just south of Culbertson, Montana. Also, I am just 60 miles from the Canadian border.
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Lewis and Clark virtual ride: Welcome to Montana

1,522 miles into my Lewis and Clark virtual ride and today I finally crossed into Montana. Here I am headed west on U.S. Highway 2, about 10 miles west of Williston, N.D..
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Oil country

Just north of New Town, N.D. on State Highway 1804. At this stage of the ride, I am right around 1,420 miles from my starting point near Alton, Ill. (Google Street View image)

I am certain North Dakota has plenty of beautiful spots, but here I am almost to Montana and I hadn’t come across any of them. After spotting my first oil derrick of the trip, I came across this scene. The next few miles definitely made up for the last few boring weeks.

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Lewis and Clark virtual ride: Fort Mandan

Crossing the Missouri River, heading north along North Dakota State Highway 200 into Washburn, N.D. (Google Street View image)

Today I reached the area where the Corps of Discovery established Fort Mandan, which was their winter camp from 2 November 1804 to 7 April 1805. “The huts were in two rows, containing four rooms each, and joined at one end forming an angle,” wrote Sgt. Patrick Gass. “When rasied [sic] about 7 feet high a floor of puncheons or split plank were laid, and covered with grass and clay; which made a warm loft. The upper part projected a foot over and the roofs were made shed-fashion, rising from the inner side, and making the outer wall about 18 feet high. The part not inclosed by the huts we intended to picket. In the angle formed by the two rows of huts we built two rooms, for holding our provisions and stores.”