A lazy day enjoying the High Plains

Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
Trip End Oct 16, 2007

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

It was slightly cold this morning - circa 50F - when we awoke but bright. The day got warmer but never more than 63F.

Last night we'd gone to this small warehouse-looking building down the road from the hotel on the advise of the receptionist. Usual dark-dingy US bar but with a very friendly barman. Anyway turns out the food was EXCELLENT - MJ had amazing steak and the meal came with salad or soup starter and creme de menthe poured over icecream for dessert. FANTASTIC. We're going back.

At breakfast the only other couple were English (the place is deserted) - they'd flown into Minneapolis to meet up with American friends and had driven over to see the Badlands with them. They were craming their 12 day holiday to the extent that they were facing an 8-hour journey back to Minneapolis which with coffee/lunch breaks would mean a whole day. Not for us!! Days slobbing around town or 2 hour hops are more our cup of tea. You just do need lots of time to see/feel the place with regular 3-day stops - else it becomes one long car journey.

We had to return to Chamberlain this morning to get out laundry bag back from the hotel. It was 70 miles east back down I-90, but through wonderful undulating prairie land with the occasional herd of black cattle.

We got the bag and spent some time in Al's Oasis looking at touristy things and books, then headed back down the I-90.

A walk round town proved the place to be pretty empty although we found the old railway line (and station) which we walked down for a way into the prairie. The town was founded in 1904 as a railhead for cattle coming up from Texas to feed up in Dakota before being shipped east. A key cattle-driver was Murdo - hence the name of the town.

Not much to report today as we've enjoyed just doing nothing much. Here's some photos of the High Plains from I-90.

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