Scenery to delight a Fenlander

Trip Start Jun 05, 2009
Trip End Jul 03, 2009

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Monday, June 22, 2009

I took very few pictures today – entirely justified in the case of North Dakota, but perhaps a little rough on poor old Minnesota, which has put a lot of effort into generating roadside photo opportunities. I should, at least, have stopped for the Nissen hut converted into a giant fish, the signpost to a town called Climax, the Polk County Museum with "The World's Largest Wagon" parked outside and the watertower for “Floodwood – Catfish Capital”. I did however, take a photo of dungarees-clad Loren filling up the tank of his antique Ford tractor at the gas station in Polk County, MN. Loren was slightly bemused at my explanation that I was driving across America and getting a photo of someone from each state (not actually true) and was telling the story about the mad englishwoman to the other customers when I left. Minnesota transitioned from wheat to lakes and logging. I could smell cut pine for miles before we entered the paper-mill town of Grand Rapids where there was the largest pile of logs I have ever seen - 50 ft high and about quarter of a mile long. The other highlights of today were getting the car washed at the geographical centre of North America, re-crossing the Mississippi, and buying a coffee thermos in the town where Judy Garland was born. Nuff said!

RnH x

P.S Good luck to Damo in his AC - I'm sure he'll do brilliantly.
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dad-mum on

Wish we were still with you.
Sorry we are not still with you. Looking forward to reading your next entry. No doubt Harry has taken over the front seat!
Lots of love Mum

jh1506 on

I can smell the pines.......
they are wonderful trees aren't they? A friend of mine in the States comes from Minnesota. He's talked a lot about the lakes.

Take care

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