Friday, August 12, 2011

Bismarck ND and on to WI

I'm a little behind on posts.  We left Fort Benton on July 30 and started the long drive across Montana.  We dropped down on state highway 80 to state highway 200 and took that the length of the state.  It was mostly rolling hills and open plains.  We were really unlucky and had a strong headwind all the way so fuel economy stunk.  We spent the night in the K-Mart parking lot in Glendive, MT. 

ND Badlands -
Teddy Roosevelt Natl Park
Sunday morning we got on I-94 and headed east across North Dakota.  We made a stop at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park to check out the North Dakota Badlands.  Other than that area, the drive continued as open plains and small rolling hills.  Once again we had strong headwinds.  What's up with that while driving straight east for two days?  What ever happened to prevailing winds out of the west?  Ugh.  Anyway, we arrived at our campground on the edge of Bismarck and got setup, did some grocery shopping and then rode out a horrible thunderstorm that had us rocking.  It was not fun in the least.

ND State Capital - Bismarck
The extent of our Bismarck adventures was to go to the state Capital.  We had an interesting tour which exceeded expectations for a relatively modern building.

On Saturday August 6 we continued east on I-94 (more strong headwinds, can you even believe it) until just into Minnesota where we switched to state highways (10 to 210) so we could continue east.  The ND part of the drive was pretty flat open plains and when we got into MN it was a little more rolling with trees.  We spent the night at the Walmart in Baxter MN before continuing on through Duluth to our destination in Bayfield, WI - the gateway to the Apostle Islands.  We will stay in Bayfield until August 19 when we move over to Houghton, MI.

View while dining at local restaurant
View from campsite
We are loving our stay in Bayfield enjoying an amazing view from our campsite (yes, I paid a premium for the view).  We are only a short drive from the harbor so we've been into town a number of times in the evening just to walk around and enjoy.  Looking forward to a fun weekend.

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