This blog is going to be rather short and maybe a bit boring.
If you like 79 miles of a total straight line and with about half of the ride with your hands/wrists/shoulders/butt going kla-chunk, kla-chunk, kla-chunk every 20 yards as you pass over big cracks across the road, then this ride was for you.
We woke up our usual 5:30am, got dressed, had oatmeal/coffee and were on our way east to a destination of Enderlin, 78 miles away. The map says no services for the next 78 miles, so we were prepared to not have our favorite second breakfast 😔.
We breezed through the first 40 miles and came up to a sign that says Marion, ND 1 mile south. We looked at the map and it showed population 153. We ventured that way in hopes of a possible convenience store and get off the bike for a bit. When we arrived there was a store, but not open. ☹️.
We did find a very nice shaded park and grabbed some crackers, fig newtons, and carrots and Tom enjoyed a good pear.
After a short catnap it was time to get back on the road. Fifteen miles down the road we came across a brand new gas station/convenience store. An oasis in the middle of our ride 😀. Bugles, cheese/salami for the Debster and a bag of salty peanuts for Tombo. We washed these snacks down with an ice cold Gatorade.
We had 23 miles to go and we were both kind of ready to be done. Elton John and Supertramp can only carry you so long on a long mundane ride. We wrapped up our last miles and pulled into the outskirts of Enderlin where our motel was waiting. No camping or Warmshower options in town.
We got showered up and walked into town for a well needed meal at the only restaurant open called Trio. It looked like it might have been a biker bar and after entering the front door, we confirmed that. We got 20 feet into the joint and a guy asked me if that was my wife I was with. After, I acknowledged “yes”, he said I was a very lucky man, because she is gorgeous. Since we are “bikers” we fit right in 😀🚴♂️🚴♀️.
Deb enjoyed a burger with saracha fries and Tom a chicken sandwich with fries. We also enjoyed a appetizer of Jalapeño Cheese curds. Of course they didn’t come close to Big Lug cheese curds back home.
We wrapped up our evening up with a brief review of the remainder of our maps to Bar Harbor to get lay of the land. We have some decision points when we leave Fargo on Tuesday.
Well time to call it a night. We are looking forward to entering Fargo and camping with Deb’s sister, Jane and her husband, Mike who will meet up with us on their way home from Yellowstone.