Day 2 - Wisconsin, Minnesota & South Dakota!

Trip Start Jul 22, 2011
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Trip End Aug 15, 2011


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

We managed to get into the breakfast room at 7am, which was already crowded, though luckily with a men's sports team! Helloooo boys!! The car was loaded up once we’d stocked up on peanut butter on toast, cereal, do nuts and pancakes. Cian, in particular, became obsessed with the pancake machine, where you just pressed a button and a pancake plops out 1 minute later. He managed to eat 4 of them!

We set off to do the 420 miles we needed  to do to get to our next hotel in Sioux Falls tonight. We soon left Wisconsin, which didn’t leave much impression on us other than it is very flat, very green, and full of cheese chalets and firework shops! We stopped off at a huge Walmart to stock up on essentials such as a cool box, shampoo and tent pegs, and $400 dollars later we were trying to fit it all in the car.

We crossed the Mississippee River, (huge!) and were into Minnesota, and a spectacular thunderstorm. The sky suddenly went black, the temperature fell about 20 degrees, and then the rain started. Well, the word rain is a bit of an understatement! It hammered down. Visibility was really bad, and loads of people pulled off the I90 onto the hard shoulder with their hazards on to wait it out. We ploughed on slowly. It lasted for a good 20 miles. At lesast we know now why the area is so green!

After heading North out of Chicago yesterday the sat nav now told us it was time to "Go West" as the Pet Shop Boys did. Maybe life is more peaceful here! It’s still very flat, and we’ve passed a lot of water towers, corn fields and dairy lots. Oh, and wind farms, lots and lots of wind farms.

We’ve just stopped for a Subway lunch, and had a quick check of the Wi Fi to find that Amy Winehouse is dead. What a waste of a talent! We still have another 188 miles to do. 188 miles in a straight flat line to Sioux Falls, where the only objects on the horizons are grain silos and water towers. Oh, and grain silos are now referred to as “water parks” in our car, as I spotted a giant hoarding on the side of the interstate, advertising a water park and excitedly told the kids to look out for the one in the distance.....the one with the tall water slides and flags on top that turned out to be.....a grain silo!

188 miles of corn fields later, and we stopped in a little natural foods Co-Op shop that Lyn had found on the internet, so we could stock up on nuts and seeds for him, seeing that he can’t now snack as usual on sweets, cookies etc.

From there it was straight onto the restaurant we had decided on for food. I had looked at reviews of restaurants, and wasn’t disappointed with the Granite City Microbrewery. Tegz made me take a photo of her with “the best mashed potato ever!”, and I had stunning orange tilapia, while Io & Lyn had pasta. Ci, as usual, failed with his bucket of chicken strips and waffle fries, mainly due to the large oreo milk shake he drank first. Lesson learnt! Lyn treated himself to  a growler of micro brew. Don’t think it’ll take him long to feel happy, as he hasn’t drunk for so long!

Lyn was starting to feel the effects of all the driving now, so we checked into our next hotel. We had an amazing bit of luck, when we managed to swap our 2 queen beds room with a bloke who wanted to swap his king bed, double sofa bed room. They brought us a roll out bed as well, so we should all now have a good nights sleep. It’s 7.50pm now, and we’re all knackered, but i have promised the kids we’ll visit  the pool tonight. If I stay awake long enough.......

Well, it’s 9pm, and all 3 kids are fast asleep, and I’m on my second glass of TGI Mudslide, so i think the pool will have to wait for another day. The pace should relax a bit tomorrow, as we’ve only got to drive 340 miles to Rapid City and spend 2 nights in a hotel there, whilst doing a bit of sight seeing. Should be a good day...hoping to pop into Nebraska, and also check out some nuclear missiles, as you do!
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mcfarlne
mcfarlne on

Morning all, 09:16 on Sunday and I am about to go do some gardening as nature is taking over out there. I love the Sat Nav pic that is a classic photo lol. Does the SatNav get bored and say random things like 'Oh corn field', 'Cow' lol.
Look forward to next post :0) x
PS. Better think about setting up my blog soon as less than two weeks to go :0)

mam on

Glad to see your enjoying . What was so special about the mash Tegz?
Nice to see you got rain no rain here last 2 days LOL cloudy and sun? in the afternoons
Mam

gemma on

Hi Lucy...this is Gemma --Roz's sister.. I hope you won't mind me taking a little issue with your critique of Wisconsin \9 after all it's been my home state for the last 20+ years. It's certainly true that WI is famed for it's dairy farms, but it's too bad that you did not venture farther north to the renowed Door County Peninsula with some of the most beautiful lake coastline in the Midwest that boasts a rich nautical heritage. Also, a trip to WI without going to the Green Bay Packers Stadium, 2011 Football World champions is a missed opportunity.....maybe next time!! Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

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