Day17 Wed, Aug 15-Grand Forks,SD to Grand RapidsMN

Trip Start Jul 30, 2007
Trip End Aug 20, 2007

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Day17 Wednesday, August 15 - Grand Forks, SD to Grand Rapids, MN

Miles: 262

-Lodging Worked Out Fine
-Another Walk along Red River of the North

-Fertile Ground & Flying Fun
-Famous Maid-Right Sandwich and Pie

-Bemidji Vortex
-Manifesting the Path We Should Take

Lodging Worked Out Fine
America's Best Value Inn turned out to be OK. 

Seemed a little noisy at bed time. 
Mysterious mechanical whirring noises permeated the place. 

An 11:00 PM pizza delivery with running up and down the hall and a loud beater car with its loud beater engine and louder stereo blasting over the loud beater engine left running outside our window.

We fell asleep right after that and slept soundly.

Another Walk along Red River of the North

We left the hotel at noon and went back down to East Grand Forks in Minnesota for lunch. 

We visited the Cabellas with thoughts of buying a tent but none of the tents grabbed us. 
They did have some discount clothes so we got a couple of small deals there. 
A plug-in cooler that might fit between our front seats also caught our eye for further consideration.

Walking around the riverfront area we noticed that the decorative walls were integrated with the levee system. 

Every roadway and pathway showed an accommodation for installing a barrier in the gap to complete the flood barriers.  

Just upstream and on the wet side of the levee they have established a state recreation area able to absorb future flooding. 

Hope their plan works during the next big melt.

Fertile Ground & Flying Fun
All this commercial development is on old Route 2 so we just headed east when we were done. 

Both sides of the road were devoted to agriculture except for a few areas of the Glacier Ridge National Wildlife Refuge which were being restored as natural prairie.  

The terrain was flat and remained so until we reached the 10,000 lakes region around Bemidji.  Besides corn, hay and sunflowers we were now seeing acres of a low, leafy vegetable. 

Dixie crystal silos were replacing grain elevators as the notable road side buildings so we guess these were all sugar beets. 

Wherever we say exposed soil, it was black and rich looking, not the parched brown of further west.

We saw some amazing flying. 
A crop duster coming and going low right over US-2 in front of us. 
"Do we open the windows and let  him through?" 

Right over us and everyone on the road
then down low above the crops, hit the spray,
THEN under the high tension wires and around the trees;
up and around and back the other way. 
Amazing, no?

Famous Maid-Right Sandwich and Pie

We got to Bemidji at nearly five in the afternoon. Barely time enough to get a famous local Maid-Right Sandwich and their equally famous rhubarb pie. 

The sandwich is steamed hamburger meat with mustard (never ketchup, never, never, NEVER!) on a white hamburger roll. 

It was just as tasty good as it sounds.

The rhubarb pie was excellent. Good crust. 
Tart, not too sweet filling. 
No frightening artificial colors. 
Well priced if a little puny. 

We've had enough pie on this trip that we can afford to split a small piece and avoid further splitting our trousers.

Bemidji Vortex

The Road Trip USA book recommended that on the way to Grand Rapids, MN, we should use the more scenic Great River Road instead of plain old US-2. 

We got a map from the tourist information folks and set out to follow the complicated new route. 

The Great River Road is a federal scenic by-way that uses any and all roads in order to trace the route of the Mississippi. 

A half an hour after we started we were passing the tourist office we had just left. 

We were caught in the Bemidji Vortex and had circled Lake Bemidji. 

We swapped driver and navigator. 

Made another attempt to escape Bemidji and after some false starts seemed to be on our way. 

Manifesting the Path We Should Take
We were still unsure of the route but determined that if we were on the right path, county road 33 would be coming up. 

We decided that we would 'manifest' route 33. 

We commenced to manifesting just as hard as we could with grunts and groans and sweating brows and much laughing. 

Up ahead...
A road.

'What is it?' 
'Route 25?! '
'You are not manifesting hard enough.  We need a 33 not a 25.  Manifest harder!' 

Sure enough, 33 came along just where it was supposed to be. 

This manifesting stuff is working great. :)

Scenic Roads Add Time but Add Enjoyment

The scenic route from Bemidji into Grand Rapids adds about 25 miles to the 70 miles between the two cities. 

The roads were only a little slower and had the benefit of being almost traffic free. 
In the golden glow of late afternoon, early evening, the scenery was very restful. 

We were now into the mixed deciduous forests of the north woods. 
Moist and green. 
Very easy on the eyes.
We rolled into our Grand Rapids motel just as the sun sank below the horizon.
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