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Jun 6, 2012 - Time Out

We didn't make it to Williston. Stopped early for the night at Lewis &Clark State Park east of Williston. Large impoundment here with several marinas and rental kayaks. Nice campground. Although we are in the badlands, the campground actually has trees. The drive in from Grand Forks was interesting. We stopped in Rugby, ND the geographical center of North America. Lunch was in a beautiful little city park. The terrain was flat with a lot of the afore mentioned wetlands and lakes. Every piece of land that was higher than the water table was...

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Oct 6, 2011 - Fort Union NHS

Oct 6 Left Glendive around 7:30 in the rain this morning. We have changed our plans and will try and visit 3 national sites today and end up in Bismarck and see about the computer. After just a few miles we ran into construction that lasted for several miles, within minutes you could barely see through the windshield. This is more stimulus money. 1st stop is Fort Union NHS. This was a trading post started in 1848 and used by trappers, miners, settlers and Indians in this area. It is situated on the banks of the Missouri River. The Fort has...

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Aug 19, 2011 - Lewis & Clark State Park

My visit to Lewis & Clark State Park near Williston is the highlight of the first week of my trip. It is absolutely beautiful here. The campsite is above Lake Sakakawea (they spell it different in North Dakota and only in North Dakota) and it is very peaceful. This morning I took a 2-1/2 hour hike that started out on the beach at dawn and then eventually I hooked up with the Prairie Trail that wound up into the hills overlooking the lake. The lake is actually part of the Missouri River but because of a dam is much wider and broader than...

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Jul 27, 2011 - stay over in Williston, N Dakota

July 27, 2011 stay over in Williston, N Dakota Today we went to the Chevrolet dealer needing an oil change and fuel filter change and they said they might be able to get to the oil change next week and the fuel filter the end of August, so we’ll wait till the next town, obviously they are backed up which I can understand there is so much construction and they are drilling for oil everywhere up here. There are so many people here from out of state and there are RV’s parked everywhere, we went to Walmart this morning and there were several...

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Jul 26, 2011 - travel day

July 26, 2011 travel day we traveled 419 miles, and not by choice Headed out at 9:00 and it was 70 degrees went across the street to Pamida which is a small department store up here, then stopped at a diner for some breakfast then traveled down Hwy 11 to 66 to 281 to 2. As we traveled on Hwy 281 there was a sign for construction on the road and boy they weren’t kidding, 4 miles of it were all dirt where it looked like they were re-building another road and making it higher because of the flood damage. We planned to stop in Rugby, ND,...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Funny to be only driving

This morning we left our RV park and traveled east again on Rt.2. This road has little traffic, no semi’s, few stretches of rough pavement and no construction so far. It parallels the US-Canada border. There are large circular hay bales every few yards along the sides of the road. Interesting that they don’t waste the grasses they cut along the roadsides but cut and bale it for livestock and leave most of the fields for free-ranging. Why are these areas called ranches, but called farms in the east or Midwest? Look so similar with same type...

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Jul 4, 2011 - Ellsworth AFB, SD to Williston, ND

Did the leg from Ellsworth AFB (near Rapid City) to Williston, ND, approx 360 or so miles. This took us through Sturgis, SD, and several other towns. Squeaked thru one town just before the July 4th parade started. People were lined up, so we waved to them. Took a break at Crow Butte. It was the scene of a battle between Crow and Sioux Indians. The Crows lived below the butte and left their families there and hightailed it for the top of the butte. The Sioux decided to wait them out and the Crows died of thirst "dying like flies". The Sioux...

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Sep 8, 2009 - The search for history leads to Juneberries!

The purpose of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-06 along the Missouri River was to look for a water route across North America and the uncharted west to the Pacific Ocean. We decided to spend the day visiting the various historic sites near the Williston area. The Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center tells the story of the confluence of these two mighty rivers, as well as provides the same magnificent view that Lewis and Clark Expedition members enjoyed when they visited in 1805 and 1806. I guess we were expecting a...

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Sep 6, 2009 - North Dakota's Lewis & Clark Country!

Leaving Fort Peck this morning after a much needed rain and great Labor Day weekend, we noticed a leaky coolant valve which will need attention at a Cummins Service Center, either in Gillette, WY or Denver. For now, we hop undaunted on US Highway 2, continuing east to the state of North Dakota, new territory for us. Ooops, what does that sign say: "Pavement Ends"! But this is a "national highway"; almost like an interstate though mostly two lanes. But they weren't kidding....For the next 20 miles or so we bounced along while in the...

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Aug 23, 2009 - Thunder, hail, lightning and rain!

K - Decided to take US Rt. 2 across the northern plains and upper great lakes to St. Ignace, MI for a change and to see the local scenery since all interstates look alike. Long day, 13 miles of really bad road torn up for reconstruction, awful campground (Williston, ND), didn’t feel safe and it was terribly expensive (misrepresented as a Good Sam Park, which it wasn’t). On top of that we endured the worst storm we’ve ever gone through in the camper. Hail the size of a man’s thumb and wind that rocked the camper severely, was glad we hadn’t...

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Aug 10, 2009 - On the Road Again!

Hi Gang, Well we spent the weekend in Bismarck N.D., being able to attend Mass at a church only 8 blocks from the dealership. We were then able to use a car from the dealership and went to the Riverwood Golf Course and played 18 holes to spend the day away. This was also the course we used to play when we went to play in tournaments a long time ago.The weather has been very cool and comfortable this weekend. We took off at 11:00 on Monday and the pick-up worked very well and got us to Willitown by 5:30 pm. We parked the Fiver in John...

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Jul 5, 2009 - Cowboy Boot Lineup

We were riding along through North Dakota on Interstate Highway 2, looked over at the fence line and could not believe our eyes! There on each fencepost along the fenceline, was some sort of a boot or shoe hanging upside down on EACH ONE - and this went on for miles and miles. We had to stop and take a closer look it was so unusual. I researched it later on the internet and it seems to be a custom to take off a used boot (or whatever footwear)and hang it on an empty fencepost. Makes for some humorous pictures! And the answer is "no" - we...

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