Day 81

Taking a look around

June 15th, 2010


  1. Chris says:

    Wow. “Flat” doesn’t even begin to describe that scene. You may just finally go insane in this 300-mile stretch …

  2. katzien says:

    All that smoke or steam seems to block the sun. ;(

  3. James says:

    Yeah, that train is about the most interesting thing you’ll see in North Dakota.

  4. Jason says:

    Flat? Yes. But just watching these videos beats my cubicle office view. Thanks for taking us along for the walk, Matt.

  5. Jon says:

    By the sound of the wind, if you could fashion some sort of sail to your cart, you’ll be done with that stretch in no time.

  6. Nancy says:

    DITTO! Thank you for taking us all along with you!!

  7. colleen says:

    very artistic spot to do a 360……..or was that a 180? very peaceful actually….no traffic!

    • Jeff says:

      That would be one 80…and matt….you are walking without even leaving a trace. We will send you some sunshine…
      I say go with the sail but then that would not be “technically walking would it”. Peace and hope you find dry shelter.

    • Janell@fgo says:

      That was rush hour…..kidding : )

  8. Karen Too says:

    Thanks for yet another view of your trip shared with us here.

    It may be flat now, but as others have pointed out, that will soon change. I’d enjoy it while it lasts. It’s all beautiful as far as I’m concerned.

    If anyone else (see last post) is having trouble viewing the pictures at work, go to, and look for “Hobo Matt.” Perhaps the photos/videos will not be blocked on there.

    I could be wrong, as I haven’t checked, but I don’t think the comments you leave on are visible here.

  9. Mark says:

    Wow… without those ‘whatever’ thingys in the distance, it resembles the images of western emptiness I held in my when I was a child…

  10. Kirk says:

    Growing up in Indiana — it brought a tear to my eye ;)

    And speaking of 180 — you weren’t trying to hid the huge mega mall on the other side of the street, were ya, huh?

    Love your journey and eye for shots!

  11. Jeff says:

    LOL….right mini mall…i saw it in the reflection of the freight train…but did not want to spoil the surprise.

  12. Jeff says:

    Matt the Hobo would have hopped that train. Any buffalo yet????

  13. Sandra says:

    Holy Cow thats flat! … wait til you hit the Rockies :D

  14. Claudia says:

    As I am sitting her in my office in front of my computer, surrounded by work, I am SO wishing I was standing where you are. What a great and inspiring adventure. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Andrew in VT says:

    So…which way was that wind blowing?

  16. Jeremy says:

    How Fargo? Moorhead.

  17. Angelica says:

    Wow all the train cars are so bright compared to everything else….

  18. Doug says:

    Yep… looks like eastern North Dakota. I spent a lot of time around here visiting my grandparents farm as a kid. The land is so flat that you can see for miles. I love the peaceful desolation of the Dakotas.

  19. Kirsten says:

    There is something in the beauty of ND that is so peaceful, the experience of standing there and being able to see for miles is indescribable.

  20. Nick says:

    Just a little info, the plant in the video is Tharaldson Ethanol.

  21. Candice In Alabama says:

    That was the most train I’ve ever seen at one time!

  22. Roe says:

    GOING UP NOW!!!!!

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