Corn Country, South Dakota

Trip Start Nov 06, 2009
Trip End Nov 30, 2009

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nice, quiet room last night, so I think we all got a good sleep. Breakfast buffet wasn't as impressive as the other places we've stayed, but not too worried about that. Ice crystals all over our windscreens and door handles this morning when we went out and Kate's drink bottle left inside the car had partially frozen - brrrrrrrr. Stopped at the 'Family Dollar' shop in Custer
and picked up a few more things we didn't really need – Josh got a BIG bag of candy (on sale from Halloween) for $1.25!

Then out of Custer and on to a 500km stretch of Prairie Interstate – we're doing 140 kph along her and people are still overtaking us. Passed heaps and heaps of signs on the side of the road for 'Wall Drug', took us ages to realise it was a place, yet on the map it just says 'Wall', so not sure where the 'Drug' part comes from! Passed an 80 ft tall fake dinosaur, which has been the most colourful thing on the road so far, but other than that, there is just long stretches or
road and prairie – fun to imagine Laura Ingall's Wilder and her family crossing it in their covered wagon! Bought Kate a picture book about Laura Ingall's Wilder at a gift shop yesterday.

For lunch we stopped at the GTO Diner beside an Auto museum (had Elvis's Harley, General Lee from Dukes of Hazard etc – we didn't have time to go into museum). Food and service was much better here, even got asked where I was from in the gift shop! We had our first taste of Boston Cream pie – which was sort of like a maderia cake, sandwiched with a vanilla-ish
cream/pudding stuff and iced with chocolate icing. Fred had a Denver sandwich, which was scrambled eggs with ham & capsicum, 'sandwiched' between two slices of toast. The salads here all seem to consist of a LOT of lettuce, some tiny bits of carrot and purple cabbage and in Fred's case today, some raw broccoli....hmmm, think they do fried food better than their salads...! I had fried chicken (yes, I know, my cholesterol levels are probably going through the
roof!!) which had the life deep fried right out of it, plus green beans (yum!), mashed potato and white gravy over the mashed potatoes... I do spend a lot of time talking about food, don't I...
sorry, part of the culture here! (Besides what else am I going to blog about – the scenery?? Not today, it's prairie country!)

Arrived at the 'Corn Palace' in Mitchell, South Dakota about 4pm – a lot of shops and other
businesses and even Rest Area's are closed for the season – I think this time of year normally has a lot of snow around. We went inside the Corn Palace and watched some basketballers practice on the inside court there. The Palace is pretty cool, all the mosaic pictures made
from different coloured corn cobs and bits of corn.

Staying at the Days Inn tonight, the hotel has the very attractive bonus (at least in the kids eyes) of an indoor water slide/heated pool – as you can imagine, they got their journals written in double quick time so they could hit the water! Left the kids and Fred to the waterslide for an hour and then decided I would have to have one go... scary stuff and doh! forgot to take my glasses off!  Luckily the kids saw the glasses fly off my face and Fred retrieved them from the bottom of the pool.  Also the saying the bigger you are the faster you go is absolutely true... only went down the once....
I don't think the kids realise how lucky they are having the entire 'water park' to themselves though!

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toni on

I just told Ruthie about Katies drink nearly freezing in the car, and imagine going 140kmh and being overtaken...must have taken Pa and the family such a long time....sounds cold darling, what are the temps in celcius...

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