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Published July 27, 2011, 06:30 PM

Bikers Trek More Than 2,000 Miles in Under 48 Hours

The commute from Grand Forks to Fargo can be done in just over an hour. It seems like a long trip, but there are two men riding their motorcycles 2,084 miles in less than 48 hours.

The commute from Grand Forks to Fargo can be done in just over an hour. It seems like a long trip, but Ross Hunter and Jim Frank are riding their motorcycles 2,084 miles in less than 48 hours.

"There's a lot of oil drips and runs, fix that and tighten this, work on that," Hunter said of his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Even so, Hunter and Frank are taking these Harleys for a little ride.

"The general consensus around town is we're nuts," Hunter said of the ride that covers four states.

"We're going from here, Devils Lake, over to Fargo, straight down to Sioux Falls, across to Rapid City, down to Casper, Wyoming; Billings, Montana; back to Fargo and back home," said Hunter.

It is part of the worldwide 'Iron Butts' charity, a motorcycle-riding endurance challenge and fundraiser.

Hunter and Frank fill up at gas stations and keep their receipts to prove they are meeting their deadline, because if they do, the miles and money they rack up go to the Devils Lake Lions Club.

"It's such a great charity. They donate glasses to third world countries and they do a lot of local funds for colleges, funds for seeing eye dogs," said Hunter.

"We're getting to that age where somebody says 'you can't,' so, we got to try," said Jim Frank.

It is the second year their Harley engines have roared for the Lions Club, and the third time the pair have ridden a ridiculously long distance.

So far these guys have raised more than $1,500, tripling last year's total. For their wives, the trip is also raising a few concerns.

"I'm worried about the fatigue, deer. There's a lot to worry about. Not much between them and the road," said Hunter's wife, Sandy.

The benevolent bikers will roll back into Devils Lake after two days without tunes, enough sleep and no windshields. That last one allows for a free meal though.

"On occasion you eat your share of bugs, some of them taste sweet others are bitter," said Frank.

These guys take it all in stride.

"We've done it before, so it's really nothing new for us," said Hunter.

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