Hello again, this time from Chamberlain, South Dakota. Today we pushed forward another 625 miles from Columbia, Missouri to here in Chamberlain. Morgen thought I should approach the posts a little differently so here’s my attempt at such an endeavor. And don’t forget you can follow along on Twitter as we update throughout the trip. Even my mom is doing it! (http://twitter.com/hairmanmao)
This morning we left Columbia around 7am without the troubles of yesterday’s near-disaster in the parking lot. It took about two hours to get to Kansas City where we passed both Arrowhead Stadium (Chiefs) and Kauffman Stadium (Royals) before taking a hard right and avoiding Kansas altogether. Here’s what we thought of Missouri:
Then we moved on to Iowa after another hour or so north of KC. My dad’s side of the family is from Iowa, but from far northeastern Iowa. We were driving through far southwestern and western Iowa. Not the same thing. Though in this case that meant less corn and a few more hills and trees. We passed through Council Bluffs and Sioux City before our exit. We did make a fun foray into Nebraska, just to say we’d been there, as we skipped out on the directions given by our dopey, English-accented GPS guide and crossed the river into Omaha.
When we finally reached the promised land, aka South Dakota, we stopped for some lunch. We pulled off at North Sioux City and grabbed a bite at the esteemed establishment Goode to Go. Inside was a mini-casino, though disappointingly it featured only video poker machines and no slots. South Dakota has been our favorite state so far. The rest stops have tipis, we saw a pregnant woman smoking (who it turns out is also coming from Columbia, SC and going to Portland and is staying in our same hotel tonight. Weird, huh?), we started to see signs for Wall Drug (where we’ll go tomorrow) as well as a bizarre ‘sculpture garden.’ Additionally we made a necessary stop in Mitchell to see the famous Corn Palace. Below you’ll find a selection of photos to go with these events:
Finally we reached Chamberlain around 6:30 this evening. We’re still in Central Time but will be crossing into Mountain Time tomorrow morning. We found another hotel with internet, and this time with some character. But before settling in for the night we grabbed dinner across the Missouri River (again) at Al’s Oasis. Apparently Al’s is world famous. I had a buffalo burger (highly recommended, though not necessarily from Al’s), Morgen got coffee for five cents and we eavesdropped on some old-timers telling their RV traveling stories. So now we’re crashing with dreams of Wall Drug, Badlands National Park and Deadwood.