One of the things Barry was most looking forward to during our visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota was cycling the Scenic Loop road around the park's south unit, where we were staying in Cottonwood Campground. I was a bit nervous about the ride because I knew it involved quite a bit of climbing, though after driving it in 2013, I knew I'd be rewarded with amazing views along the way.
That's really an understatement. Photos simply can't do this special place justice. We actually rode the loop on two separate days, in a counter-clockwise direction the first day and clockwise the second. Barry actually rode it twice both days! The mileage from our campsite at Cottonwood Campground, around the loop and back came in at just over 26 miles, not a long ride by road cycling standards, but definitely an epic one.
The ride had some roller coaster climbs, requiring me to stop to catch my breath part way up on occasion, but the scenery was unbeatable. Bison! Hoodoos! Canyons! Badlands! Check out the photos and see for yourself.
If you are a road cyclist and have a chance to ride this loop, do it. You will not regret it!
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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