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Day 20

Thurs. Jul. 28, 2011: Miles City, MT ~ Alexandria, MN (4:15am)

This is pushing it. We can’t do this again.
We made it to Alexandria, Minnesota at 3am.
Roadkill for the last 100 miles; black night; construction-laden 1-94. NUTS.
Another long day tomorrow.
Must not lose heart.

(No, there was nothing special about Miles City. I jogged for about 10 minutes down the main drag, and the spread-out truck-stops and fast-food restaurants just started to repeat themselves. I guess no one jogs in this area of town. I got some raised eyebrows from the truck drivers pulling out, and I stopped traffic at one point because a local dude obviously wasn’t used to people actually walking down that sidewalk and crossing at the cross-walk.)
Illustrious Miles City

Illustrious Miles City

Motel 6 Or Setting For BeastieBoys SABOTAGE video?

Motel 6 Or Setting For BeastieBoys SABOTAGE video?

How Many All-Night Casinos Can We Count?

How Many All-Night Casinos Can We Count?

Today, we got buggered up, looking for Cowboy souvenirs in quiet towns where they don’t actually exist. (i.e. Miles City & Glendive and other towns with “Historic Districts” - *Note: We are realizing in the U.S.A. "Historic" sometimes implies "heritage," but really just means OLD and TIRED). We have found one full souvenir shop in all of Montana – and it’s at the WEST state line!
Where the people live

Where the people live

Oh well. We saw breathtaking views of Badlands and plains through the rest of Montana, into North Dakota. Masoshika Park in Glendive, MT looks neat. We’ll have to go back and play there, sometime. Today, there was only time for a drive-by. (And another Dino confrontation!)
Makoshika State Park

Makoshika State Park

Makoshika State Park

Makoshika State Park

Makoshika State Park

Makoshika State Park

Yep, We Are Back In The Badlands

Yep, We Are Back In The Badlands


Prettiest Hay bales at the east end of Montana

Prettiest Hay bales at the east end of Montana


Glendive Dino & Fossil Museum

Glendive Dino & Fossil Museum

LOOK OUT, JER!

LOOK OUT, JER!


Bye Mountains, and Hello rolling plains and farmland

Bye Mountains, and Hello rolling plains and farmland

Entering North Dakota

Entering North Dakota


I Was Not Expecting To Find This Here

I Was Not Expecting To Find This Here

Along I-94, West ND

Along I-94, West ND

Apparently, it's actually an addiction centre? We Kept Driving Straight

Apparently, it's actually an addiction centre? We Kept Driving Straight

Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, North Dakota introduced us to Buffalo – up close, (REALLY close!), Prairie Dog Towns and wild horses, plus sprawling badlands as far as we could see.
Sprawling green countryside with Badland bumps

Sprawling green countryside with Badland bumps

Prairie Dog Town in South Unit

Prairie Dog Town in South Unit

Prairie Dog Town (South Unit)

Prairie Dog Town (South Unit)

Loungin' Bison

Loungin' Bison

Deer in background

Deer in background

Along Scenic Loop of South Unit

Along Scenic Loop of South Unit

2nd Prairie Dog Town

2nd Prairie Dog Town

2nd Prairie Dog Town

2nd Prairie Dog Town

2nd Prairie DogTown

2nd Prairie DogTown

Along Scenic Loop of South Unit

Along Scenic Loop of South Unit

Badlands

Badlands

Along Scenic Loop of South Unit

Along Scenic Loop of South Unit

Along Scenic Loop of South Unit

Along Scenic Loop of South Unit

Scenic Lookout over colourful, mineral-laden Badlands

Scenic Lookout over colourful, mineral-laden Badlands

Scenic Lookout

Scenic Lookout

Lovely View Along South Unit

Lovely View Along South Unit

Along Scenic Loop of South Unit

Along Scenic Loop of South Unit

South Unit

South Unit

Walking Up Buck Hill

Walking Up Buck Hill

Julie Taking It All In Atop Buck Hill

Julie Taking It All In Atop Buck Hill

Atop Buck Hill

Atop Buck Hill

Badlands Below Buck Hill

Badlands Below Buck Hill

I am Watching Wild Horses Out My Window

I am Watching Wild Horses Out My Window


[Highlight: “Uh, Jer? I don’t think that Buffalo is going to go around us. He’s coming straight towards us. Um, maybe you ought to back up…Uh, back up? Jeremy, you better BACK THE F*** UP, NOW!!!” And we both looked on in amazement and disbelief as the old bull sauntered on up the middle of the road behind us for another 150 metres, before strutting over to the ditch to graze, totally chilled out and unaffected by us.]
Uh, Jer? You Better Back The F*** Up, NOW!!!

Uh, Jer? You Better Back The F*** Up, NOW!!!

He Was Not Changing Lanes, So We Did!

He Was Not Changing Lanes, So We Did!

That Bison Nearly Pummelled Our Truck!

That Bison Nearly Pummelled Our Truck!

Badlands

Badlands

And Another Prairie Dog Town

And Another Prairie Dog Town

Wild Horses

Wild Horses

Chillin Bison from beginning of our visit is still here, but now is standing

Chillin Bison from beginning of our visit is still here, but now is standing

Posing For Glam Shot

Posing For Glam Shot

Ready For His Close-Up

Ready For His Close-Up

We also drove by the Home On the Range, got intimate with Salem Sue at sunset, and geocached in a pile of rocks at dusk in Bismarck.
New Salem ND

New Salem ND

Voila! Need We Say More?

Voila! Need We Say More?

Head In The Clouds

Head In The Clouds

Sunset From Salem Hill

Sunset From Salem Hill


Sneaky cache! Clever Jer! We found this geocache in a pile of rocks in a rock garden at night!

Sneaky cache! Clever Jer! We found this geocache in a pile of rocks in a rock garden at night!

Oh, and we um, “disposed of some evidence” in THE wood chipper (the actual chipper in the Coen Bros’ film) at the Fargo Visitor Centre at 1:30 in the morning, after pausing to grab a geocache in the parking lot.
Welcome Centre Is In A Grain Elevator

Welcome Centre Is In A Grain Elevator


779_Dude, As if they actually have the actual WOODCHIPPER at the Visitor Centre!

779_Dude, As if they actually have the actual WOODCHIPPER at the Visitor Centre!


What Else To Do At 1 am, But Hide The Evidence? (Pretend this blurry pic is an action shot, but in truth I couldn't figure out his camera at night!)

What Else To Do At 1 am, But Hide The Evidence? (Pretend this blurry pic is an action shot, but in truth I couldn't figure out his camera at night!)


Celebrity Walk Of Fame at Fargo-Moorhead Visitor Centre

Celebrity Walk Of Fame at Fargo-Moorhead Visitor Centre

Hundreds of miles driven. It is disheartening to think that the rest of the journey will be like this.
Must find fun things along the way tomorrow. (And then the next day will be Frankenmuth!)

Posted by J_Lunabean 23:18 Archived in USA

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