Thursday, July 03, 2008

High Plains Drifter

Left Albert Lea, Freeborn County, Minnesota for points west on I-90. Stops at Blue Earth, MN, for the Jolly Green Giant, roadside kitsch; art deco cinema at Mitchell, MN, wonderful throwback to the twenties, two 12oz coffee for $2.66, free refill to go; lunch at Sioux Falls, SD, for the falls, sandwich in old generator hall; Corn Palace at Mitchell, SD, Rick Springfield booked to appear, ice cream $1. Damn hot in the car as temps hit 90s f. Overnight at Chamberlain, SD, by the Missouri river, supper at Anchor Grille, two bottles of Bud Lite, oh dear.
Out on the highway gunning it with Peterbilt in hot pursuit, listening to country radio and amongst the dreck we hear Guitar Town by Steve Earle and Luckenbach, Texas by Waylon & Willie.
Yesterday in the rain: Badlands ($15 entry, slurp of diesel at Interior, SD), Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse memorial, Deadwood (tourist info in old Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Rail Road station, model of Shay engine).
Now in Gillette, Wyoming after charging across the great plains. Coal and oil country. To Thermopolis today on the trail of Sam Gebo, character in my book.
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