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Havre Sunrise

Havre Sunrise

I got up early and went outside to stretch my legs for a bit. It’s nice outside, mid-70’s, which makes it a decent temperature for riding.  

We departed Havre, MT about 8:30am on the 3rd day.  For reference day #3 was Monday, August 25th.  We lost an hour of sleep due to the mountain time zone change and felt a bit rushed once we realized it was going to be a high mileage day.  We wanted to get some miles under our belt before the day’s temperature heated up.

Unknown to us was the fact that the largest infrastructure project ever tackled by the Montana Department of Transportation was finished just prior to our arrival.  A $30 million project spanned 33 blocks of Highway 2 within Havre’s city limits. More than 280 businesses and residents now have entrances to their property right off the Highway.

At 11am it was 90 degrees and by 1pm the temp gauge on my windshield was pegged at 100.

Montana Farmland

Montana Farmland

We had to suffer some and be uncomfortable most of the day. It’s incredibly monotonous scenery now, some rolling hills, but mostly wheat plains into the horizon as far as you can see with the occasional Milk River crossing breaking it up.   The Milk River is a tributary of the Missouri River, and runs 729 miles long thru the state of Montana and the Canadian province of Alberta.  The river got it’s name from Captain Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, who described it as:

“the water of this river possesses a peculiar whiteness, being about the colour of a cup of tea with the admixture of a tablespoonfull of milk. from the colour of its water we called it Milk river.”

We crossed this river all day long and I lost count of the number of overpasses or small bridges. 

From Havre to the North Dakota border, the surrounding area is known as “The Hi-Line“.  To the locals who know it from the early Great Northern railway route.  My Montana relatives always refer to this area as the “Golden Triangle” which is one of the most productive farming regions in the country.

We continued east through the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation then to Malta. From Malta, we continued on to Glasgow, just north of Fort Peck Dam, and then into the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. We stayed either on or within the reservation for much of the remaining trip through Montana. On the reservation it goes through Wolf Point and Poplar, and then exits the reservation a short distance before leaving the state.  We hit the final town in Montana of Bainville and said goodbye to the “Big Sky” state.

Welcome To North Dakota

Welcome To North Dakota

We stopped at the North Dakota border for a “welcome” to the state photo op.  North Dakota has been converting sections of US 2 from two lanes to four lanes for many, many years. The section from Grand Forks to Minot was completed several years ago. The section from Williston to Minot was just completed this year in a campaign that began a few years back and was labeled “Across the State in Two Thousand Eight”.   In actually, US 2 is a four-lane road now from the eastern edge of Williston for a stretch of about 343 miles, leaving only 12 miles to the Montana border which is a two-lane highway.

Between Williston and Minot, the road provides several high points where you can view beautiful landscape for many miles in all directions.   We ended our riding day in Minot after ~440miles.

Interested to know more about our “Ride Home”?  Read the road blogs for: Day 1HERE, Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE and Day 5 HERE

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Ride To Hell Game

Ride To Hell Game

I smell another law suit. 

Just as HBO is trying to get 1% off the ground despite a lawsuit launched by Hell’s Angels leader Sonny Barger – that litigation has yet to slow down Deep Silver (a division of Koch Media GmbH, Austria) from moving forward on the Ride to Hell video game.

The yet to be released game is based on a certain unnamed motorcycle club, headquartered (let’s say) in Oakland, and running illegal operations (let’s say) in California’s central valley….it’s an outlaw motorcycle gang mash-up in a “Grand-Theft-Auto” (GTA)-like open-world.  Cool!  The Ride to Hell is all about a ’60s bike culture in the American West with an objective to make a game that reflects a mood and feeling of the era – hence the Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll.  According to the dev team they took a lot of inspiration from Hunter S. Thompson’s classic book ‘Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs‘.

Game Screen Shot

Game Screen Shot

As the media continues to make OMG the “darlings” of entertainment, the Ride to Hell is certainly going to be a game with a mature rating. 

I’m sure the developer could care less if a thrilling gang banger motorcycle club/game will bring class, culture and dignity back to America.  It’s business and OMG are a money makeing opportunity these days.

Photo and screen shots courtesy of Deep Silver and Videogamer.

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It’s the secret formula for television success…at least to the execs at FX and the new drama series which focuses on members of an outlaw motorcycle gang called the Sons of Anarchy.  I’ve blogged about this show previously HERE and HERE.

I took an hour away from blogging last night to watch the gritty, beer-chugging, hell-raising and occasionally gruesome premiere.  When was the last time you saw that in prime time? You haven’t!

Sagal is thoroughly convincing in the hellcat role.  She completely destroyed any image you may have had of her as the ditzy Peg Bundy. And Drea de Matteo of “Sopranos” fame makes an appearance that you can truly believe as Jackson’s wrung-out, drug-addicted ex-wife.  I thought Jax seemed to be telegraphing his sensitive, gentle side a little too early in the first 30 minutes of the pilot.

At any rate, the show is well-acted and is crafted in a way to showcase the fictitious inner workings of outlaw motorcycle gangs.  It’s dark, grim and at times very violent, but as a gunrunning gang banger club it will surely be a TV hit and I can visualize t-shirts sales skyrocketing.

Production poster courtesy FX Networks.

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