18-Jun-2001 -- (continued from 46N104W)
My sleep was interrupted at about 3 am by the thunder and lightning storm that raged for hours. I never did get back to sleep. We left our motel in Bowman, ND at 7:30 AM heading east on US12. Just before reaching Reeder, N.D. we turned south on ND22. We went south for about 9 miles, turning west on a gravel road for a couple miles. Where the section line road met this road it was very muddy and we nearly got the rental car stuck (picture #2). We couldn’t drive on the section line (picture #5) without 4-wheel drive or a tractor so we decided to walk from there. The rain continued to fall and thunder sounded and lightning flashed around us as we walked and jogged the .8 miles to the point. Luckily we had both received rain resistant pull-over shells as groomsmen gifts two days before at our buddy Ryan’s wedding in Minot (see 48N101W). The “dotted line” seasonal flowing creek shown on the atlas was 30’ across and shin deep (picture #3) but barely slowed us down. The confluence lies on the edge of a field just west of this stream (picture #1). We jogged back to the car and were headed for South Dakota by 9 am.
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