Goodbye North Dakota, hello Minnesota!

A slightly less than grand sign in the suburb of Moorhead:

Looking back on my time in North Dakota, I realised I’d stayed in a different type of place every night. After the boutique designer hotel in Bowbells, there was chain hotel in Minot where i found something i’d not seen before by the remote control. Now if your reaction to the next photo is something like “What? Why? Really?? Nnnnnnno, surely not!!!” then you’re normal. If it is “OMG, i need those in my life!”, then you have an OCD and need to get some help.

Then there was Norman’s log cabin in Fessenden followed by a small motel in Cooperstown. I finally got a wild camp in on my last night in North Dakota. Good sites for wild camping were becoming rarer, and with all the hotels and motels i was thinking that I was getting soft!
On my first night in Minnesota I was expecting to camp again in the village of Wolverton. With no official campsite, I approached a nearby house with people sitting in the garden to check that it was OK to camp near by. I was invited to join Chad & Christine, and their neighbours Jef and Heather. After a good chat around the fire, Chad & Christine asked if I wanted to stay the night in their family sized Recreational Vehicle. With a forecast of rain overnight , and having been passed by so many of these on the road i accepted this very kind offer. And it was yet another different type of place to sleep!

I also met their sons Austin and Carter in their break from Pokemon Go. I was impressed with Austin’s propane “guitar” (my dad would never let me have built one of those!).

After a very comfortable night’s sleep, and being treated to breakfast,  it was to move on south through Minnesota (with its mini hard shoulders!) . . .

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8 thoughts on “Goodbye North Dakota, hello Minnesota!

  1. Charron McLeod Jul 19, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Keith! I didn’t realise you were hitting Minnesota on your travels which is where I live! I imagine you’re not coming as far east as would allow for a visit, even if your itinerary allowed for the time off! Best wishes to you traveling through the Midwest!

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    • keithd2016 Jul 21, 2016 / 2:51 am

      Sorry I couldnt make it any closer to your side of the state. So many places to see in so little time! Thanks for the best wishes – is it always this hot and humid???

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  2. Shelley Jul 19, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Hope you’re singing songs from calamity jane on your way through Dakota! Can’t beat a bit of Doris Day to while away the miles c

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  3. JTRachel Jul 20, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Hahahahaa… I have OCD! I take dettol wipes everywhere I go for just such a situation! However an actual object next to the remote control wasn’t the first thing I thought of after reading “i found something i’d not seen before by the remote control”…. :p teeheheeee

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    • keithd2016 Jul 21, 2016 / 3:01 am

      Is that a cleaning obsession and a dirty mind? An unexpected combination! 🙂

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  4. Deanne Mattice Jul 21, 2016 / 2:28 am

    it’s not a big ride it’s an amazing ride! really amazed at how far you have gone in such a short time! go keith!

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    • keithd2016 Jul 21, 2016 / 3:05 am

      Thanks for the message Deanne! Progress has been good – but the hot weather and headwind from the south over the past two days are taking their toll on my progress. Looking forward to a change in the weather!

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