- Operators: Oasis (5), Whiting (4), SM Energy (2), Petroshale
- Fields: North Tobacco Garden (McKenzie), Tyrone (Williams), Burg (Divide), Antelope (McKenzie)
- Hess (8), six EN-Kulczyk permits; two EN-Leo E permits; all in Mountrail County
- Whiting (2), two Moccasin Creek permits in Dunn County
- Resource Energy Can-Am, a Bervik permit in Divide County
- Enerplus Resources, a Pluto permit in Dunn County
Note For The Granddaughters
My first spill in a long time. I wish someone had caught it on video. If I had had my GoPro on, I would have caught it but the GoPro camera would have been destroyed.
Wow, what an incredible spill.
I'm heading downhill on the sidewalk coming down to a "turn-into" the Stacey Furniture parking lot. A concern that I always have on my mind ... occurred. A black compact passed me and then cut me off, turning right in front of me. I slammed on my brakes and was able to avoid hitting the car. I crossed the entrance into the parking lot .. at the last second I saw the curb -- slammed on the brakes again, tried pulling up the front wheel to jump the curb, but did not succeed.
I came to an abrupt stop ... and the back end of my bike flew over my head -- a complete 360-degree flip, I suppose. I ended up sprawled out but did not hit my head; somehow my head stayed above the road, above the curb. I was bleeding from three spots, but minor in the big scheme of things. I'm glad I had gloves on. All limbs were working. A car stopped and the passenger -- a very nice young woman asked if I was "okay."
She remarked that she could not believe how I was "cut off." She saw it all.
The bike was not damaged, as far as I could tell, and my backpack was still in place. I didn't even think about the backpack until I was back on the bike heading home. In retrospect, I was surprised that my backpack stayed on my back, and in place.
The best part about all this ... it happened at rush hour, so a lot of drivers and passengers saw a spectacular spill.
I know exactly what the driver of the car was going through. It was rush hour; he was worried that if he came to a sudden stop to let me go by (which he should have done, based on the rules of the road), he risked getting rear-ended --- so in a split-second he had to make a decision -- hope he could pass me, cut in front of me, and that I would be quick enough to brake.
My mistake -- once I survived the initial insult -- a driver cutting in front of me and missing me by inches -- I should have come to a complete stop, and evaluated the situation before pressing on. My mistake, was having survived the first near-miss, I kept going, at nearly full speed, and saw the curb too late.
But in the big scheme, no harm, no foul.
I just wish it had been caught on tape. A 65-year-old cyclist sprawled out after a bike did a complete flip would have been quite a YouTube video.