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Jun 25, 2014 - Day 8 Getting closer

Not much to write about in this entry. A very boring drive up Rt. 52 in N.Dakota and we didn't even get our camera out, although I kinda wish we'd had it running when the guy pulling the 5th wheel tried to pass us on a country road and came very close to causing a head-on with the small car coming the other way. I guess you just can't fix stupid. Speaking of that, I forgot to write about the motorcyclist on I-94 yesterday pulling a small trailer behind the bike with a bumper sticker that said that very thing - you just can't fix stupid. He...

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May 31, 2014 - Minot, ND - May 2014

We spend the last month in Rapid City seeing doctors and all those annual necessities. I have finally got some resolution on my TMJ that has been plaguing me since January. It is on the mend. Thank you Dr. Jeri! JC has a clean bill of health for his cancer. This means the start of a 3rd year clean. In preparation for Alaska, we had the car & rig washed and washed. The extra wax job is what we wanted. We had new shocks installed on the motorhome. A well spent $900. We did not realize how bad they were until we took a test drive. Lubed all...

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Oct 6, 2013 - Day Twenty Seven - Farewell Dinner

Getting to the end of our trip.... 7:00 wake up 7:30 bags out, and 8:30 depart. Continental breakfast included, yum, my favourite, boiled eggs... :) The day started out dull, but turned out beautiful. I had a bit of a nap this morning and when I woke up we were in Grand Forks, North Dakota for coffee break. I found a pumpkin spice coffee and an ice cream at the store and we were off once again. Riding along, laughing...what a fun bunch of people we have on our trip...and guess what Mike, no BINGO...LOL. The landscape is from gentle rolling...

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Sep 22, 2013 - Day 7 Minot, N Dakota

Drove from Medora to Minot,North Dakota. Stopped at Louis and Clark Interpretive Center. Very nice. It was the grand opening. Beautiful drive. Stayed at Roughriders Campground. Pretty rustic but ok. Went to Walmart. Probably the worst Walmart I have been to:). Thunder and lightening storm. Matt turned in.

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Journey 2013

Sep 20, 2013 - The Plains

After leaving Whitefish and its unsettling panorama of two Americas, the extent of the northern plains becomes more evident. The low, rolling hills stretch as far as the eye can see and you could just imagine what it must have seemed like to the horseback traveler of days gone by. We, on the Empire Builder were moving through those fields at speeds of up to 82 miles per hour and the time and distance slipped away as we rolled on eastward. Our trip took us through these plains under a wonderful sunlight and dry environment but it wasn't very...

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Aug 30, 2013 - From Minnesota to North Dakota

Today we went from Bemidji, MN to Minot, ND. It was a long drive, but finally without rain. Actually it was a beautiful day. The road was straight, mostly two lanes going both directions and hardly any traffic. I've put a couple of pictures out of today's drive, the landscape in North Dakota, a field of sunflowers and the notice as we approached Rugby, MN that it is the Geometric Center of North America. (Includes Canada and Mexico) I would like to mention one thing that caught our attention. In UP Michigan, most of the landscape...

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May 6, 2012 - Ashby, MN to Minot, ND

May 6 Ashby, MN/Minot, ND Departed at 8:19 AM in 53 degrees. This is such flat land with nothing but an occasional oasis with a house, barm, grass and some trees; a tiny little postage stamp in the middle of a “gazillion” acres. The wind has blown fiercely all day and nearly knocked Richard over while refueling somewhere in ND. He describes ND as miles and miles of black earth, blacker than charcoal. And I say the view on either side is unremarkable with breaks of boredom! Found the Roughrider Campground in Minot inhabited mainly by oil...

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Jun 20, 2011 - Minot/Bismarck, ND

Leaving Hart Ranch was difficult. Nearly the perfect RV park. In caravan with Liz and Moe, we moved North to visit cousins Jim and Caroline in Kenmare, North of Minot. We had been listening to reports of flooding along the Missouri River, and now hear that the Mouse River is in danger of flooding in Minot. The Mouse starts in Canada where it is called the Souris. With new rains up North, we decided to camp in Bismarck to see what would happen. Jim and Caroline came down to stay with us and visit. After one night, we were watching the news...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Minot, ND

Unbelievable how much flooding currently exists across Montana & North Dakota; so many areas where temporary lakes exist, with no appearance of nearby rivers that have overflowed!!!! We went through one stretch, still on US 2, where one of these temporary lakes was washing across the road sufficiently that temporary speed limit signs of 5 MPH had been posted. As vehicles passed through, it created a huge wake splash. We anticipated seeing miles & miles of wheat fields, but instead we are seeing miles & miles of water fields. From 25-50...

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We're Wingin' It

Aug 29, 2010 - "Doing" Minot

We spent the day "doing" Minot, population 35,000. There isn't much to it. We did go to the Roosevelt Zoo. It is pretty small and has the old-fashioned smelly, metal cages for most of its animals. We also strolled the grounds of the Scandinavian Heritage Park. They have a really neat Gol Stave Church. A stave church is a medieval wooden church with a post and beam construction. Being of wood, they do not last as long as stone structures. Nevertheless, 28 of the stave churches built after the year 1100 still survive. This one was built in...

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Aug 28, 2010 - Why not Minot?

Williston, North Dakota is in the center of an oil boom. The oil shale area is in ND, SD, MT, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The oil shale could produce up to 503 billion barrels of oil. We had tried to get reservations in Williston but everything in the area is sold out so we had to drive farther today than is our norm. We drove through mile after mile of ranch lands and wheat fields punctuated with oil rigs. The small towns (populations of 48, 73, 54 etc.) are being impacted by the oil boom. Most are building housing at a frantic pace....

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Aug 1, 2010 - Minot, North Dakota

Short day driving through the hay and wheat fields. Have started seeing enormous wind turbine farms. Minot has a Wal-Mart and a Target! There is an air force base located here. Parking lots full of Canadian license plates - even two buses from Canada at Target. Only reason we know is hotel is located just off the parking lot. No ranger to tell us but under tornado watch - again!! Tornadoes touched down overnight just east of us.

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