Jack and I departed this morning at 5:30 am from the gas station in Cohasset where we met to top off our tanks before heading out. The sun had just risen, the sky was clear, and it was a brisk 40F when we hit the road, and it did not get up to 50F until about 100 miles later. Needless to say, it was a little chilly.
I did not shoot very much video today with the helmet cam today, as we were just slabbing it towards our destination which was 610 miles west on US Highway 2. But here we are heading out…
We did stop for a picture in Rugby, ND, which as the sign says, is the geographical center of North America.
We had three other highlights of the day…
The first was our lunch at Souris River Brewing. The lunch and beer were great, but the best part was getting to visit with the two brewers. They gave us a nice tour of the whole place, and we talked about their process, and future plans. These guys are great hosts, and loved to talk about their craft. SRB is the only craft brewer on the whole length of US 2 in ND, so if you are ever passing this way, it is a must stop.
Oh year, I almost forgot to mention that they are located in Minot, ND.
Highlight # 2 was the road construction I dumped us into along ND 1804. On the map, it looked like a scenic route to take the last 50 miles into Williston, you know, a break from the four lane. It started out as beautiful as anticipated, with bluffs, high hills, rolling curves, long vistas…
But the last 12 miles were hell. The road must be a main route for the oil operations, as it was literally ground to rubble and ruts. The State is rebuilding it, and widening it, so it was slow going. For most of that stretch, we never hit 20 MPH, and it was rough, rutted, full of holes, and dusty. But the good part is that it was good practice/prep for driving in construction on the Alaska Highway.
Our third highlight is the AirBnB site we chose in Wolf Point. This was my first experience with AirBnB, so I was not quite sure what to expect, or the protocol. I knew the owner would not be home when we arrived, but her mother was. She showed us the space we would be using, and it was beautiful. We basically had the entire apartment, with full kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms. This place was way nicer than any hotel I’ve ever stayed in.
There was a young man (Chris) from Albany New York staying there too, but in a tent site out back. We suggested he call the host to see if it was okay for him to sleep on the large sofa in the living room, as we did not mind (we had rented the entire space). He called, she said it was okay with her, so he packed up his tent and moved in for the night.
Chris was bicycling from upstate New York to Glacier National Park to meet his girlfriend who is bicycling to there from Calgary. Then the two of them are headed to Arizona on their bikes. Sure puts our adventure into perspective.