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Stage 613 – Westhope to Souris

613 is a straight stage that runs east across North Dakota close to the Canadian border. It’s also a relatively flat stage that could’ve challenged for the title of one of the flattest stages of the journey had it not been for the Souris River at halfway. The river dictates that the first half is downhill and the second half is uphill/flat but having said that, less than two hundred feet of climbing on the stage makes this a powerfest.

The scenic features for the most part are the interlocking dirt roads that crisscross the landscape every mile or so. 18th Avenue NW is the first one as the rollout as State Highway 83 begins the ten mile descent to the river. The start is the highest elevation of the stage: the river cross is the lowest. Although the road descends in a steady fashion to nine miles, the gradient steepens markedly in the final mile, although it climbs less steeply on the other side.

There are no towns or communities along the way, just dirt road junctions. On the eastern side of the river, the highway climbs lumpily to fourteen miles, after which it’s lumpy flat all the way to the finish just after 2nd Avenue NE in the middle of nowhere.

Distance: 21 miles / 34 kilometres

Ascent: 213 feet / 65 metres

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Total distance: 20.49 mi
Max elevation: 1433 ft
Min elevation: 1342 ft
Total climbing: 213 ft
Total descent: -247 ft

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