Day 27 Mitchell to Wisconsin Dells

Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
Trip End Sep 23, 2008

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Well today will be a short blog, not because it was a short day, in fact we made the longest journey of our trip, but because so little happened on it, except driving long straight roads across miles and miles of farmland.
We got up early and decided to forego breakfast and go downtown and find a Diner.   We planned to couple this with a visit to the town of Mitchell's main attraction, The Corn Palace.   We were really disappointed that we could not find a Diner downtown and had to opt for a local Coffee House instead, even worse, they had no Hash Browns!   The one good thing was that we met a couple of lads from Leeds who were travelling East to West across the USA, so we were able to fill them in on all the places Dudes should aim for - in other words, everywhere we had been!  They were travelling in an old van and camping along the way and asked if it got warmer as they went west - my, my, are they in for a surprise!   After breakfast we went to the Corn Palace, which on the inside is a Basketball Arena and Auditorium and on the outside looks like a bit of a cross between an old Odeon Cinema and the Taj Mahal, covered in ears of Corn on the Cob - do you get the picture?  If not look at ours or go to the web.  It is basically a giant bird feeder that is visited by coach loads of people.  No, seriously the art work is very good.
The rest of the day was spent driving east.   We did not have anything in particular to see in the area and we wanted to get on as much as we could.   In fact, unless you are an aficionado of Corn or Sunflowers, the 500+ kms offered little else.  The only thing of note was passing the town where Mary Ingles (author of Little House on the Prairie) lived.   We left South Dakota behind, crossed into Minnesota, where the scenery changed very little.   Toward the late afternoon the ground began to become more rolling and the sparse trees gave way to scattered woods.  Soon we dropped down into the Mississippi valley and crossed the mighty river into Wisconsin, where we found a campsite for our overnight stop.  all credit to Chrissy who drove most of the day.
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