Saturday, June 30, 2007

A day in Minnesota...

Minnesota was pretty much a travel day. We didn't really stop, but we saw a lot of beautiful scenery along the way.

There were rows of orchards...


And fields...

Since they named a city after Saint Paul, it seemed only fair that they also named a town after Saint Peter!

But mostly it was fields and fields of corn...

and more corn...

and even more corn.

We even found a newly paved road or two. Very nice!

Of course there were more farms...

and lakes...

and road for as far as the eye could see.


We even saw fields of windmills, scattered over miles of rolling hills.



It was a great day to ride.

Even the horses were having a good day.

This railroad track would look a lot better with a train, don't you think?

Now take a look at this picture...

Wall Drug is a store in western part of South Dakota, and the best example of marketing the world has ever seen. For the next three hundred miles, there are hundreds of billboards describing the wonders of Wall Drug. I'll go into greater detail in a future blog. Just keep in mind, this billboard is deep in Minnesota, and a long way from Wall, SD!

And now back to the road.


We had decided to end the day in Sioux Falls, SD, and call it an early day. Maybe I'd catch up on blogs, or catch a movie. Alas, the fates were working against us. The entire town was booked up for a softball tournament, so we'd have to drive deeper into South Dakota in order to find a place for the night.

As you can see, there isn't much to look at in Eastern South Dakota. As we drove down the road, Paul used his old helmet phone and got us a reservation in Mitchell, SD, at a place called the Thunderbird Lodge.

We drove the freeway towards Mitchell, and I was amused by the plethora of billboards along the road. Not only for Wall Drug, but for many other attractions in South Dakota. My favorite had to be the one for the Thunderbird Lodge. It said "Thunderbird Lodge - Free breakfast, cheap liquor". What had we gotten ourselves into?

We arrived, checked in, and because this was the only room left in town, we got the special suite. Not too bad. Although I never did find the cheap liquor. ;)

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