Heading Home: Day 20 — Jamestown, N. Dakota

Well, I’ve been in North Dakota exactly twice in my life and both times it’s been stormy and raining.  I think I’ll have to reconsider the idea of coming here to do a dinosaur dig.  Digs are no fun in the rain.  Seriously, it stopped raining for about an hour this afternoon and I almost took back my misgivings about the dig but then the rain started up again, so there you are.

Getting back to yesterday for a moment, Hwy. 18 wasn’t bad at the beginning or on the last part.  I joined it at a little town called Maple Creek which had a small historic district and people wearing cowboy boots and hats and pulling horse trailers.  The road was fine — paved and divided by a yellow line — and the countryside was interesting.  Until I hit the dirt and gravel section that went on and on and on.  Anyway — ’nuff said!

Today began early and with a light drizzle.  I somehow got off to a false start as I must have got a bit turned around last night when I left the highway to come into town to the motel.  Anyhow, I got my tank filled and set out on a 2-lane paved highway with a yellow dividing line which was a good beginning.  Then I got directions from someone in a store to an interstate which my GPS was avoiding but somehow I missed the overpass (is it possible that overpass means something different in Montana?) and stayed on small, two-lane highways for many hours.  The upside was that being Sunday, no-one was working on the construction and there was no traffic so I just sailed along.  Also, I could see huge distances in both directions so was able to stop a couple of times and take photos despite the terrible weather.

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By the way, you haven’t really seen a rainbow until you’ve seen it stretched across the massive breadth and height of a prairie sky.  Wish I’d been able to take a picture of that but I saw it while I was on the I-94E where the speed limit is 120k/h.  I did manage to stop at a scenic view rest stop and get a few photos but my phone needed recharging and my ipad doesn’t take great pictures.  Probably should upgrade that soon.

Oddly enough, I went through three time zone changes.  First, I passed into Central Time, then an hour or so later, I went back into Mountain Time.  Then, after I got on the I-94E, I crossed back into Central Time.  Also, when driving along the back highway, I saw a sign saying I was leaving Little Missouri National Grasslands without knowing I had ever entered it.  Then later, on the I-94E, I entered it again and haven’t left yet.  Will update tomorrow for sure.

Arrived in Jamestown in good time in the end.  I chose the Gladstone Inn and Suites because of the set-up where rooms exit into the pool area but, alas, my room does not.  While there is a restaurant, it is not open on Sundays so I will have to eat elsewhere.  The room is huge and football themed.  Even the ceiling is set up like a football field.  I hope I’ll be able to sleep without dreaming there’s a game going on!


Tomorrow, it’s on to Minneapolis where I will spend two nights, catch my breath, see the Mary Richards’ house, and take in a few sights.  It’s a short day of driving and I’m looking forward to the break.  Cheers from Jamestown, North Dakota!

About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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