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Day 4, Crop and Cow tour: Sidney, Mont.

Editor of C magazine Greg Lamp is hitting the road on a motorcycle trip with a gang of Montana ranchers and farmers over the next few days. Follow along with him as the group of wild hogs tours ranches, farms, co-ops and processing facilities in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. He’ll post new photos of the adventure every day. Stay tuned.

Watch the video below to see the trip in action.

We left Minot in 48 degree temps and 30 mph winds. We made it about 50 miles to Stanley and had to stop and warm up. Oh yeah, strawberry-rhubarb pie was involved.

With motorcycles and small fuel tanks, gassing up happens two to three times a day. Cenex was there at almost every stop.

Fellow cyclist Bob Wisness, Watford City, N.D., hosted our group for lunch of walleye he caught at nearby Lake Sakakawea, New Town, N.D. Bob’s farm overlooks a valley full of wheat, peas and oil wells.

What a treat. Walleye caught and cooked by farmer Bob Wisner.

Besides the cyclists, we also had two 4-wheelers join the tour. At left with the yellow Jeep are Doug and Deb Ablott, Hastings, Neb., and Bob and Kathy Lee, Judith Gap, Mont.

Theodore Roosevelt Park in western North Dakota should be on everyone’s no-miss list. We had a spectacular day for photos there.

This panoramic at Theodore Roosevelt Park still doesn’t do justice to the majesty left by glaciers.

The Park’s vistas stretch every direction. Here we’re looking from the north entrance, just south of Watford City, N.D.

You can’t miss the entrance and don’t miss the experience if you’re ever in western North Dakota.

This lift bridge at Fairfield, Mont., spans the Yellowstone River, which feeds into the Missouri River. It doubled as a rail and auto bridge when it was built in 1913.

Today, you cross the Yellowstone River on this bridge near Fairfield, Mont. I guess it’s the oil money, but I’ve never seen such wide and well-maintained roads. Never saw a patched pothole anywhere. If you want to see that, head to the Twin Cities.

The day is ending at Sidney, Mont., and tomorrow we all head our separate ways home.

What better way to say farewell than a cigar and some sipping whiskey. That’s me on the left along with Jeff Welborn, Dillon, Mont., and Sky Anderson, Livingston, Mont.

Previous Posts:

Day 1: Miles City, Mont.
Day 2: Hettinger, N.D.
Day 3: Minot, N.D.