Miles Traveled Today: 532.0
Total Miles: 2379.3
Perfect weather for riding. High 70s to low 80s. Almost a perfect day, but not quite. It had rained last night, and we left Riverdale with wet roads, but they dried quickly. Reached Williston, ND, and were able to visit the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. This is where Lewis and Clark followed the Missouri west, but on the return trip they split up. Lewis took the northern route to explore the Marias River almost as far as Glacier National Park, and Clark took the southern route and followed the Yellowstone back to the Missouri. They met up within 8 days of each other at the confluence, none the worse for wear, although Lewis had an incident with the Blackfeet where the Corps killed two of the Native Americans who were attempting to steal horses.
The Yellowstone is over Paul's head, the Missouri is on the right side, and they both flow to the left.
As you can see we traveled well over 500 miles today, so we are a little worn out and concerned. However, we had great riding on the High Plains. Long distances of stark desolation greeted us, but it was still absolutely beautiful. The colors were awesome, especially the fields of canola that were a bright yellow that contrasted with the green flora in other fields in the early morning light. We saw a whole herd of pronghoen antelope, which we found beautiful, but the locals consider them pests, kind of like white-tails in our yards back in Wisconsin when they are eating our flowers, shrubs, and hostas.