I can’t even begin to tell you how BORING the drive is from Minneapolis to the Badlands. I was getting to the point that if I saw one more stinking corn field I was going to lose my mind!
It became a joke between Em & I.
Me: “Hey Emma, guess what I spy?”
Me: “You win!”
Yes, we were getting goofy as heck and would be giddy if it changed from cornfields to hay fields since it was a different view.
Now, I’m not dissing American farmers. I have a lot of respect for them. I’m just dissing the drive which I made again about a week later 🙁
However, there are some highlights along I-90 worth mentioning.
First, being able to look across the land and see for-ev-er is amazing. In Michigan, we have a lot of trees that inhibit us from being able to see great distances. Not so in South Dakota.
Honestly, it was amazing.
(disclaimer: most photos were taken out the car window by Em as we were driving 75mph–not always the best quality, but it gives you a good idea of what we saw)
Driving towards Rapid City we saw LOTS of Harleys. The Sturgis Rally was getting ready to start so lots of bikers headed towards Sturgis, SD.
Of course, there was the occasional oddity along the way like this old fire truck turned up on end.
We started seeing Wall Drug billboards as soon as we merged onto I-90 in Minnesota.
It became a game to count how many we seen.
So our best calculation from first entering South Dakota until we left I-90 at the entrance to the Badlands is 40 billboards and those are just the ones we seen.
I’m quite sure that we missed some while we were chatting or checking out the Harley’s that were passing.
Yikes! That is a lot of Wall Drug billboards….oh, and each of them are different.
Yes, a cup of coffee really is only 5 cents and they still have free ice water.
More about Wall Drug in another post. 🙂
Emma helped combat the boredom of the drive-by either a) sleeping or b) taking photos of billboards. Quite a few Harley boards and billboards for tourist attractions.
Yes, I will have a post soon about the Corn Palace. Interesting place.
If you are driving along I-90 in South Dakota and you are near Chamberlain, SD you have to stop at the rest area. Great view of the Missouri River and a nice interactive historical display inside.
Hope you enjoyed the virtual trip along I-90.
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