Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Day 59, 7/6/10 - Minot, ND

Just the Basics: 9 miles of biking, plus 2-3 of walking. This will be a short blog for reasons that will be clear!

This morning we decided that it might be wisest to have a medical professional look at Becky's lacerated finger. We were lucky enough to find that the Trinity Medical System here had a drop-in clinic that would see her - as opposed to having to go to the emergency room. Turns out the cut was a lot longer than we thought and she is now taking antibiotics, putting on a new dressing with a strong antibiotic ointment 3x/day and, unfortunately, wearing a splint to immobilize the finger so the jagged tear can mend itself - way too late for stitches, as we were over the 8 hour limit by the time we even got to Minot last night.

With the doctor's agreement, Riley has cut the splint off a bit to allow Becky to use her right hand for holding the handle bars more easily and for shifting and braking with relative ease - she could do all those things with the longer splint but very awkwardly, which would have made it harder to ride safely. We'll probably end up doing somewhat shorter rides for a bit - the hand is awkward, there's some pain, we want to be sure we're giving it a chance to heal, extra stops to change dressings . . . . BOTHER!!
Writing is tricky and typing pretty slow, so the blogs may be shorter for a while - and fewer postcards will go out. = (

Today's Photos: (See text below for further explanations.)
1. Replica of a 13th century Norwegian church.
2. Joel, son of Norwegian parents, who is a docent at the church.
3. Riley, with a rather large Dala horse.

Tomorrow: If all is well riding with Becky's right hand, we ride about 24 miles to Granville for our very first camping night (the next town with a motel is too far down the line for a one day ride). Since we'll be camping, we may not be able to blog. The same may be true on Thursday.

For Those Who Want More: Scandinavian Heritage Park: Since we had time to kill in Minot today, we visited its great Scandinavian Heritage Park. It is a wonderful local volunteer effort with more than Becky's typing will allow us to share, but here are a few highlights:
  • The Gol Stave Church Museum and Joel - this amazing structure is a replica of one originally built in the city of Gol, Norway in the 13th century. In the 19th it was moved to the Folk Museum in Bygdoy Park in Oslo. Joel, the volunteer docent pictured outside the church in today's blog, was a font of information about the church - and also about biking! It turns out he is a very dedicated cyclist, as is his wife. His bike was parked inside the church - he rode it in to volunteer today. He and his wife ride a tandem locally and in regional rides; he and various sons and grandchildren have also ridden it several times recently in a big annual 7-day ride in this region! He is 75 and his wife is 72!!

  • The Sigdal House: A log cabin originally built in Norway about 230 years ago and brought to this country for this park and restored here. Volunteer docent Hazel told us lots about what living there was like and showed us a Scandinavian mangle (for ironing) which was really interesting
  • A Stabbur: A replica of one built in 1775 in Rauland, Norway, this lovely storage building has a sod roof and was used to store grain, dried meat, winter clothing, and so on. There were 2 big barrels of salt and barrels of what we think were wheat, oats, and perhaps barley.
  • A 30 foot high Dala horse - utterly charming.

  • Museum of Scandinavian Life: This little house had many examples of clothing, dishes, household implements, and so on. Unfortunately, we didn't get the docent's name but she had lots to tell us, having been secretary of the Scandinavian Heritage Association (founders and managers of the park) for 20 years. She told us about a huge 4-day fall festival, the Norsk Hostfest, which gets 65,000 visitors a year! Amazingly, with all this activity, there is no department of Scandinavian Studies in the local university - and, she sadly told us, no Scandinavian restaurant in town!


  1. Hi, Riley and Becky - I'm enjoying your blog, and am amazed at all you've managed to see, and all the people you meet along the way, including the number of others biking. What a treat to follow@! Where does your route take you in New England?

  2. @ Dee: Hi, Dee! We're glad you're enjoying our blog. Re New England: Draw a line from Ticonderoga, NY to Bar Harbor, ME, and you've pretty much got it - assuming we stick to the Adventure Cycling Northern Tier Bike Route which we are following. We've done some deviating from it up to now, so changes are possible, but currently unknown.