A big plus of General Sibley Park campground for us was its proximity to the Bismarck area bike paths. We didn't realize ahead of time how good the cycling infrastructure was in Bismarck, so we really lucked out on this weekend stop. We had to ride only a couple of miles to pick up the path, and from there were able to ride all over town. Score! We spent almost all day Saturday riding around, checking out the city, taking photos, and making shopping and other stops.
We rode over the mighty Missouri River, which is much prettier and bluer here than in Missouri!
The city of Mandan is right over the bridge on the other side of the Missouri River from Bismarck, so we rode on some of their trail system, which is less extensive than Bismarck's.
Back in Bismarck, we rode to a small Saturday morning farmer's market where we bought some fresh vegetables and shared a delicious berry scone from one of the vendors. We love shopping in farmer's markets as we travel around and do so whenever feasible!
I (Emily) especially enjoyed riding through the Bismarck historic district and oohing and ahhing over the charming cottages. We didn't stop for any photos there, but we did take a brief break in this serene park to check out this incredible sculpture of a Bald Eagle.
You can get a glimpse of one of the charming parkside homes in this shot.
We crossed the interstate on this pedestrian bridge to get to Best Buy to replace my little digital camera, which had a scratched lens..
Next we rode to the Capitol building and took in a sidewalk art fair the scone vendor at the farmer's market had told us about. It was fun to walk around and look at what was for sale on a such a pretty day.
We didn't buy anything at the art fair because of our limited carrying capacity in Pearl, but we did take advantage of the food court before leaving. We shared a delicious wood-fired pizza and a decadent ice cream/cookie treat. It's what's for lunch!
Last but definitely not least, we stopped at a huge liquor store to replenish our supplies. This place had an amazing selection and good prices. Too bad we didn't have more carrying capacity on our bikes!
Next up, we continue traveling west to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, which brought us back to North Dakota.
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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