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Minnesota 2013, Day 4, Tuesday

We work up early..6 a.m…at Pierre, S.D..  We looked out of the window and there was very heavy fog outside.  Figured it was ground fog from the Missouri River which was just 100 yards from the hotel.  Wrong about that.  After filling with gas, we drove 100 miles in the fog.  Not comfortable driving at all but luckily little or no traffic on two lane HI way 85. 

We drove till we hit a town of called Redfield.  It was a slowly dying town that at one time was 8000 souls.  Now it was 3000 people and the down town is now only 1 1/2 blocks long.  The main importance of the town is it pheasants.  The area around Redfield was seeded with the Chinese pheasants early in the last century…first place in US.  The town in hunting season jumps to 6000 people who come every year to harvest the peasants.  As we were driving through the area, there were pheasants everywhere. 

We found a bakery, according to the owner, one of only 5 remaining small time bakeries in South Dakota.  He is says he will be retiring in 3 years and then there will be four. 

Arrived at Dad and Mom’s house at 1:30 pm and unpacked and brother Dave and Kathy arrived with Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Hit the sack early at 9 p.m.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Minnesota, South Dakota

 

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Minnesota 2013, Day 3, Monday

What a great day!  We took off from Rawlins, Wyoming after a great night of sleep and a breakfast at the Diner.  We drove through two states;  Wyoming and South Dakota over 530 miles.  The Honda out did itself today.  Nearly all of the 500+ miles were on 2 lane highways on cruise control at 65.  Are you ready?  41.4 mpg!  Crazy.  This is a full size Accord.  Who needs a battery powered car?

2013-07-28 20.17.33Wyoming and South Dakota are green.  Lots of rain and creeks and rivers are full.  There are so many deer and prong horned antelopes around that it is unbelievable.  Last night I was walking about a block from our hotel in Rawlins and what did I see?  A young doe deer.  Wasn’t a bit afraid of me and walked into a storage lot and started eating grass.  The prong horns are so fat that I am worried that prairie dogs might catch them. 

Had one of our best meals of our trip tonight in Pierre, SD.  We ate at a Italian Restaurant called “Redrossa.”  Great food.  Tomorrow, 5 hours to the folks in Minnesota. 

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in South Dakota, Wyoming

 

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Minnesota 2013, Day 2, Sunday

Up at 6 a.m. and had a light breakfast in Beaver, Utah and headed up the highway early on Sunday morning.  The sky was blue, the rain clouds had disappeared and highway 15 was nearly empty.  Even though we have traveled interstate 15 many times, this morning was something special.  The animals were grazing in the green pastures right up to the towering mountains.  Deer were mixing with the cattle and we know why the Mormon’s settled in the valley’s of Utah.  Truly God’s country.  The people keep their homes and property so clean and perfect.  Lots of pride in where they live and who they are. 

2013-07-28 18.58.27We cruised through Utah…by-passing Salt Lake City…and loped into Evansville, Wyoming to fill with gas and grab a bite at Wendy’s.  The Honda made 37 mpg again and is running like a top.  The 2012 Accord with the 4 cylinder seems just about a perfect vehicle for these road trips.

As we rolled  through Wyoming on highway 80, the empty high plains changed to a busy area of oil and gas wells.  Saw a bunch of prong horn antelope herds.  Add to that huge windmills and even some solar panels.  Thank goodness for Wyoming as states like California can act like they don’t have to drill oil shale or have electric production plants.  We just import it from Wyoming and say how wonderfully green we are.  Next, water from the Great Lakes to California! 

We arrived at Rawlins, Wyoming and checked into our hotel.  What a busy town!  Motels are very expensive as 2013-07-28 18.34.58the demand by “Rough Necks” working in the gas and oil fields drive up the prices.  They sleep in shifts…6 guys per room in 3 eight hour shifts.  They also serve healthy amounts of food.  For example, Penny’s Diner.

The hotel behind the diner is new, clean, and $185.00 a night.  Things booming here as Obama hasn’t been able to shut down energy production here in Wyoming. 

The food served here is about as hardy as the rough necks working the fields. 

Chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes.  People working here and are happy and productive.

Getting ready for a long walk.  Free breakfast included in the motel bill tomorrow morning.  Wonder what that will be like?

Great Day 2.    

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in utah, Wyoming

 

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Minnesota 2013, July 27… Day 1

Left at 545 am from home and arrived 5 pm…lost one hour to Mountain Time.  489 miles to Beaver, Utah.  Four states;  California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.  Four tough rain storms already.  Paid $3.79 for gas.  35.8 mpg.  Up to 6000 feet today. Tired.

Gouda cheese sandwiches tonight.  Bought cheese here in Beaver.  Best Gouda we have ever had including Holland. 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Arizona, California, Nevada, utah

 

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One Day to Go Before Minnesota 2013

Its 915 pm and still 87 outside.  Summer in the High Desert.  We have that pretty much packed everything up and are about ready to go.  Checked out the car and it is ready to go except for a wash and a fill of gas which I will do it tomorrow. 

Looking forward to getting on the road. 

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in California

 

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Gorgeous Summer Evening in the High Desert

 

The time is 8 pm and the temperature is 79 degrees with the sun setting.  The sky is full of summer monsoon thunderstorms that hit us hard last night with at least a 1/2 inch of rain at about midnight.  Just a breath of wind tonight. 

Looking at the back slope and yard and marveling at what water and a little fertilizer can do.  The wild life are the quail and a plethora of other birds.  The flowering bushes draw the humming birds and just now a mocking bird was watching me warily as I write this from my “anti-gravity chair.” 

Although Libby and I are in late 60’s, we are healthy have traveled all over the world we still get really excited about taking off on our driving trip to Minnesota.  Pretty much ready.

We are eating our produce from our garden as often as we can. Last night I made home made pasta sauce with our tomatoes, fresh basil, had pasta as a side to our main dish of green peppers, hot peppers, and onions sautéed with Italian Sausage.   Everything from our garden but the onion and sausage.

Slinky our cat wants to sit on my lap but not enough room for computer and the cat.  Four days till we get on the road.   

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in California

 

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Deeeeeeeeep Breath!

We are 5 days away from our second trip of the year.  Just got back from San Dimas, California following a two day summer JUCO basketball tournament.  Great fun even in a 105 degree temperature gyms. 

Now packing.  We have decided to travel with our new duffle bags as this is a laid back trip…no fancy restaurants or hotels…traveling on back roads of Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado and fishing in northern in Northern Minnesota.  My kind of trip!  Short driving days of 500 miles a day of less.

Another nice thing, cheaper gas and food in every state.  Good ol’ Cali.

Stay tuned. 

 

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