August 7

Motorcycle at Lost Bridge

There. See it? Coming up to that first curve at the bottom of the hill. It’s a motorcycle traveling one the most scenic route in North Dakota, Highway 22 from near New Town down to Killdeer, North Dakota.

This is the most scenic route in the state because it follows the cuts, buttes and bluffs of the Badlands along the western edge of North Dakota.  Those people who drive through Fargo and Grand Forks and call North Dakota a flat feature-less landscape are not seeing the whole picture.  This route, with its curves and hills is a grand sightseeing ride especially at the end of the day like this.

And while it is great to ride through, it’s even better if a person has a chance to stop and hike a bit at the Little Missouri State Park.  That’s the Little Missouri River down there where you see the bridge. It meanders from the southern part of the state north to near here where it empties in to the Missouri River.

Have you had a chance to explore the Badlands?  I mean, on foot.  First ride or drive through it, then get out and hike a bit.  Have you done that yet?

March 28

A cold ride in the Badlands

It’s a week in to the official “spring” in North Dakota and bikers are ready to ride even if there is still snow in the Badlands.  I caught these riders on a 50 degree day on Scenic Highway 22 on the southern edge of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. That’s the Little Missouri River in the background under that plain flat jersey barrier bridge that replaced the through-truss bridge that once stood there.

These riders had used up the warm part of the day and now were re-grouping at the pull over between Killdeer and Mandaree.  They were from various parts of the nearby region, mostly from Killdeer and were excited and happy to get out to ride.

It’s an early season ride like this that leathers are not fashion statements, they’re required wearing for warmth.  The chick in the middle with the long reddish-brown hair?  It would have been a miserably cold ride for her, under-dressed as she was.