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We left Madison with a bit of apprehension about driving for the first time in the USA but it was easy to get on the highway and the traffic was good. Our first break was the Wisconsin Dells for a bite to eat and cruise. First impressions weren't good; the town looked run down and we were greeted by gaudy theme parks and fast food restaurants …
... south that we were able to bike and hike. The weather up north was starting to get ugly. We cycled the Tunnel Hill Rails to Trails from Vienna to Tunnel Hill and saw a group of about 10 beautiful wild turkeys gobbling their way through the forest desperately trying to avoid the inevitable Thanksgiving tradition. We learned about the Trail of Tears which went right through Vienna. The Trail of Tears is a name given to the forced relocation of Native American nations ...
... big lake.
Driving up to the highest point of Duluth, we could see how far the lake stretched out. It looked like an ocean from up there, with the colours of the trees spreading below us it was definitely a sight we all enjoyed soaking in from the tower of Enger Park.
Next we made our way down to the heart of the city and were lucky enough to get to see a monstrous cargo ship pass through the canal to the harbour. Really ...
Today we hit the open highway for Custer, South Dakota...Mt. Rushmore, here we come! Yesterday afternoon Giebel picked us up and took us on driving tour of Minneapolis...saw all the highlights...beautiful homes by the lake (or should I say lakes?!?), Univ. of Minnesota campus, downtown area (added bonus...it was Gay Pride Parade weekend). It is a very beautiful city. Last night we went back to the Giebels for a pizza dinner...the boys love their house and ...
... although this usually includes sitting down at times for a concert, or to watch the dogs herding livestock. I am in awe of Rosie, who works on her feet 5 days a week as a beautician. I only saw her sit down once as she guided us through the high spots of the fair, from sculptures of "Princess Kay of the Milky Way" candidates (made from 90-lb. blocks of butter) to the poultry barns, giant pumpkins, "crop ...