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Today's Entry is Corny

So Much Corn Sioux-t got rejected.

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Not much happened to today. Usually, there's an interesting detour, or something odd that comes up. Today, the detour involved getting off the highway for a bit, driving up through green fields on a country road, and arriving at a casino, where we promptly turned around and found our way back to the highway. We drive past corn fields, and bean fields, field fields. We drive past a sign for Laura Ingalls Wilder's home in De Smet, South Dakota. There's a lot of history, and a lot of hills. Transitioning between Nebraska to Iowa to South Dakota to North Dakota and then Minnesota is seem-less. The signs are small and blend in with the green highway signs.

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We drove through the town we're staying in in under ten minutes. A railroad runs through the city of Wahpeton, parallel to the Main St. There's something small about the town, but not sad. Wahpeton feels proud of its quiet Midwesterness. But it's an indistinct place. We barely notice when we cross over a small river into Minnesota. We turn around and head back west after a series of silver silos that smell like Parmesan cheese.

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From our hotel window, you can see the trains running past. I got up to watch the first few, but they're loud and feel a bit like a minor earthquake. For the evening, we are lazy, aside from the train watching shenanigans. I listen to a lecture by Neil Gaiman and Shari goes outside to enjoy the pleasant weather.

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Posted by MiriG 20:24 Tagged road_trip nature driving usa road trip iowa south_dakota minnesota nebraska north_dakota cross_country lower_48 mirig 48 pcsd post_college_stress_disorder Comments (0)

Pre-Post-College Stress Disorder

"It took a lot of planning to plan the plan. " ~Harvey Stenger, Binghamton University president

Shari and I are currently about two weeks out from beginning our post-college adventure. We have a route across the US (see the map above) coupled with a calendar, a list of places to visit, and a search tab of the cheapest (yet least sleazy) hotels to stay at. (It's important to strike a good balance.) A few friends are hosting us along the way, and for that we are incredibly grateful.

Our objective is to see this country, in all its grit and glory, and not kill each other. Shari and I will take turns blogging about our adventures at the end of each day, so if we don't post anything for a day, we hope you'll worry. (Just a little bit.) (Or if Shari's the only one posting, then I hope my friends and family start worrying about me.)

So check in and keep up. Be a back seat driver! Live vicariously through our adventures. Check out our route, and let us know about cool places in your part of the country, or the time you crossed the US in a beat up VW Bug.

Posted by MiriG 18:23 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip usa cross_country lower_48 Comments (1)

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