North Dakota Leg Of 2010 Tour

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On Wednesday, August 25, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 5 hours along the Bismarck, North Dakota trail system.

The North Dakota leg of the tour had a few highlights:

  • I met a young gentleman, 24 years old, who said walking had saved his life, after having had a heart attack at the age of 21;
  • NBC News in Bismarck interviewed me while on the trail. ( VIDEO IMMEDIATELY BELOW );
  • I visited an exhibit about the importance and significance of eagles to Native American peoples that was located in front of the Dakota Zoo, and
  • We saw a large amount of the beautiful state of North Dakota while driving to the next tour stop (Montana). Plus, we gained back the hour we lost yesterday as we moved back into the Mountain Time Zone.

NBC NEWS – KFYR – Bismarck TV Interview

As usual, I also recorded a podcast which can be listened to by clicking the button right below these words.

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Here are pictures from my walk.


Here are 5 fast facts about the state of North Dakota:

  • North Dakota is the 19th largest state by area in the U.S. It is also the third least populous, with only about 646,850 residents as of 2009.
  • North Dakota was carved out of the Dakota Territory and admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with South Dakota.
  • North Dakota sits essentially in the middle of North America, and in fact a stone marker in Rugby, North Dakota, identifies itself as being the “Geographic Center of the North American Continent”.
  • Eastern North Dakota is overall flat, however, there are significant hills and buttes in the western North Dakota. Most of the state is covered in grassland, crops cover most of eastern North Dakota but are sparse in the center and west. Natural trees in North Dakota are found usually in central North Dakota, but many trees and forests are planted by nurseries each year through out the entire state to help stop soil erosion. Wetlands often are found scattered everywhere in the state, mostly because of melting snow that drains into low places like ditches along
  • North Dakota endures some of the most extreme temperature variations on the planet, characteristic of its continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers: the record low temperature is −60 °F (−51 °C) and the record high temperature is 121 °F (49 °C).  Meteorological events include rain, snow, hail, blizzards, polar fronts, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and high-velocity straight-line winds. Depending on location, average annual precipitation ranges from 14 to 22 in (360 to 560 mm).

Next stop, Billings, Montana.