The first documented use of the word “slog” was in 1824, according to Merriam and Webster. They say slogging is “to plod one’s way perseveringly, especially against difficulty”. Perhaps in that year there was a Sioux or Hidatsa resident trudging about North Dakota, but they were probably smart enough to avoid the hassle. Personally, I would add some more descriptive narrative to the definition.
-a long, arduous task against unrelenting conditions.
-combatting a seemingly undefeatable enemy with little show of progress.
-cycling 75 miles from Bismarck to Napoleon, North Dakota on June 22, 2012.

The first myth exploded would be that North Dakota is flat. Some of North Dakota is flat (as shown here;)

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We climbed for 30 miles out of Bismarck this morning on chip-sealed roads. For readers that are not cyclists, chip-seal is when the local road crew covers the road with thick oil and steamrolls small rocks into the sticky surface. It is very economical but is horrible to bike on because it creates lots of friction. Then we began our battle with the powerful and incessant headwind.

Services were sparse and we were all running out of water. The first town we came to (Moffit) was a house at an intersection. There was a young girl mowing the lawn and she provided us with enough water to make it the 14 miles to Hazelton and we ate lunch at Big Joe’s.

The second myth that was destroyed today is that the wind always blows from the west to the east. It usually does. Today it did not. There is a weather front coming in and the wind shifts exactly opposite. For three weeks we have been enjoying glorious tailwinds and bemoaning the fate of those that were headed west (they must have enjoyed today). Now we know what they suffer through. Yesterday we would have been soft-pedaling at 25 mph on these roads. Today we struggled to keep it at 12 mph, and were happy when we could.

We hope to do 94 miles tomorrow but the wind is predicted to be in our face again. We may be making changes. Here is the Adventure Cycling route that we are following;

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