Besides being the capital it is the second largest city in the state with over 133,000 population in the metro area. The Missouri River runs through the city. Mandan Native Americans occupied the area long before this city was founded in 1872. The Northern Pacific railroad named the city in honor of the German Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck because they hoped to attract German immigrants.
The Missouri River is the longest river in North America at 2,341 miles. It joins the Mississippi River in St. Louis. The river begins in Montana.
The rumble strips alert the driver when they are veering off the highway. For the touring cyclist they are a pain. In this picture you can see that there is enough space to ride on the right , but you have to cross them to get on the road. When it rains these will hold water. It is nice when the road is quiet and you can stay on the road for awhile. Keep an eye in your mirror.
You can get many things at these service stations. In Michigan we will call them convenience stores. Many of these will have a kitchen that can cook up some food for you. Warm food is so appreciated.
It is outside New Salem and you can take a road to get a better look. This is to honor the local dairy farms. New Salem is a town of about 1000 people and you can camp in the city park.
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