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Old 08-04-2014, 09:49 AM   #71
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As with many forum members, we really enjoy your trip thread. We did the Great River Road along the Mississippi this summer, and enjoyed many of the same northern Midwest roads you did.

We just took delivery of same trailer as your Lucy, though with the much less imaginative name, "Shiny II." We did go up instead of down in size . She's out for her first test voyage to the Texas Gulf Coast this week.

Have a really spectacular maiden voyage.

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Thanks for lending us this great armchair exploration!

Skeeters are the State Bird, hummingbirds provide snacks for them.

Moosetags - be on the lookout for Walleye if they can say its really fresh, a lot of smaller ones get imported from Canada frozen, talk a fisherman out of part of his catch even... done just right we've had them that bested lobster if'n you can believe it.

Last year at our Minnesota State Fair I studied the ice house hitches, this image has been waiting on my phone for just this occasion...
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Thanks for lending us this great armchair exploration!

Skeeters are the State Bird, hummingbirds provide snacks for them.

Moosetags - be on the lookout for Walleye if they can say its really fresh, a lot of smaller ones get imported from Canada frozen, talk a fisherman out of part of his catch even... done just right we've had them that bested lobster if'n you can believe it.

Last year at our Minnesota State Fair I studied the ice house hitches, this image has been waiting on my phone for just this occasion...

That's a great picture of that ice house hitch. I don't know how one would utilize any sort of weight distribution or sway control.

Thanks for the tip on the Walleye. I'll pass it on to SuEllyn. I spent my teenage years working on a fishing party boat out of Miami. Part of my job was to gut the big game fish. Accordingly, I have never been much on fish, even after almost fifty years.

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We have remained in Duluth for another day to take in the sights. We went across the bay to Superior, Wisconsin. We shipped some Moose Tags at the Superior Post Office. We then found our way to the local Wal-Mart Super Center. We had lunch there and re-supplied Lucy and Ethel with goodies and other essentials. We looked around Superior before heading back over to Duluth.

We got back to Lucy around 6:00 PM. We met a couple next to us at the campground from Colorado who were originally from Jacksonville. We spent the rest of the evening visiting with them. Accordingly, we didn't get much done toward packing up Lucy for tomorrow's departure. Oh well, we're retired and can do as we please.

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We packed up the crew this morning and headed out of Duluth. We had made camp for the last two nights at Indian Point Campground. It was OK, but kind of pricey ($39) for what you got. It was about five miles west of Downtown Duluth.

It was a nice day for a drive in the country. We headed west mostly on state highways. We made our way through the Minnesota countryside, stopping for lunch along a lake in Hill City, Minnesota.

We continues westward and this afternoon we entered North Dakota at Fargo. There we jumped on I-94 and started our journey through North Dakota We had planned to stop for the night at Valley City, North Dakota. Unfortunately, the campground there was full, so we had to continue on. We found a camp with an available campsite in Jamestown, North Dakota.

We are hunkered -in for the night. All is right with the world.

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The campgrounds in North Dakota are all packed with oil workers. We had a hard time finding a place to stay in Minot in 2012. My advice to you is to keep heading west and bypass the state.

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The campgrounds in North Dakota are all packed with oil workers. We had a hard time finding a place to stay in Minot in 2012. My advice to you is to keep heading west and bypass the state.

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Thanks, Randy. We have found the campgrounds here busier than usual. We have managed to get campsites.

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Lucy broke camp in Jamestown, North Dakota, and we headed west along I-94. As we got further west the landscape changed, and we started seeing some hilly terrain. We hit some pretty serious rain as we approached Bismarck, the Capital of North Dakota. We had lunch in Bismarck at the Club, Sam's Club that is. We did some reprovisioning at Sam's and the Wal-Mart next door. We drove across town to see the State Capitol Building and the historic Governor's Mansion. Stocked up with goodies, we continued west toward our next destination, Regent, North Dakota.

Where is Regent, North Dakota you say? Regent is a small town in southwestern North Dakota. It is located about 30 miles south of I-94 and is the epicenter of the Enchanted Highway. The Enchanted Highway is a series of large metal sculptures along the highway leading from I-94 to the town of Regent. Gary Griff, a Regent resident, is responsible for these sculptures. We stopped to take a quick look at a couple of the sculptures on the way into town even though it was still raining.

We arrived at the campground in Regent in time to partake of a Lion's Club hamburger cookout in the park on Main Street. We are going to spend a couple of nights here.

We will have more on the Enchanted Highway tomorrow.

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I've learned something new today! I didn't think there was much out in western North Dakota. Regent looks cool, I'm stopping there the next time through.
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When I hear North Dakota I think "prairie" and "Little House".

We have driven through ND and western MN several times, and it is endless expanses of waving grasses, as I recall.

Kind of neat to see, just to experience that part of the country, and to imagine wagons going west through that.

The little local museums are very interesting, if you come across them, and there are some rebuilt pioneer towns here and there.....original buildings and cabins nestled together to be viewed for a small fee. (I was a pioneer in another life, ya know.)

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This is a recap for the last couple of days campgrounds. We tried a campground in Valley City, North Dakota. It was almost all long-termers. There were a couple of spots that were blocked by trees. A truck camper could get in, but not a trailer. We pushed on to Jamestown, North Dakota. We got a site at the Jamestown Campground. It was an old run down KOA that has seen better days. It wasn't really worth the $29 for electric and water (and the water didn't work on our site), but it was the only game in town.

The Enchanted Highway Campground in Regent, North Dakota, is right in town and has full hook-ups that work. At $20 a night, it's OK. It's not very attractive, and the cloudy weather makes it even less so. The site here are of ample size and easy to back in to. We appear to be the only tourist here. The other campers are workers including a large combining crew from Texas here to start the wheat harvest.

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Lucy's Big Campout

Our experience in North Dakota was at the Rough Rider Campground, a Good Sam Park, in Minot. We stopped there in 2008 on our way back from the International Rally in Bozeman, MT. Clean, grassy sites, very comfortable. We stopped there in 2012 on our way to Alaska. Dirty, no grass, only a couple of sites for travelers, huge RVs permanently attached to the dirt, grimy dirty facilities, loud rowdy gatherings at night, etc. I wrote a letter to Good Sam saying that these "trailer parks" should be removed from the directory as they weren't really what Good Sam advertises, family fun and recreation, but never got a response.

Encountered the same thing at a huge Good Sam park in Edmonton, AB another oil boom area. We were awakened in the wee hours of the morning by a couple fighting and children crying that ended with a loud truck racing off through the campground. Again, no response from Good Sam.


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Nobody can build housing (to code) fast enough to support the demands of the boom, and campgrounds are picking up some of the slack. Even some who could afford housing (if any were available) are relegated to seek shelter in the trailer parks and campgrounds. Some of the more enlightened energy firms offer trailer parking (not really campgrounds per se) for employee housing. Even if they all did, the vast horde of people coming to provide services in the boom towns (i.e. in restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, casinos, etc.) need someplace to live as well. It is something of a mess and will probably remain so until either housing supply rises to meet housing demand, or the boom goes bust.
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We are still in Regent, North Dakota. We explored the area between Regent and Dickinson. We drove over to New England, North Dakota, and then up to Dickinson. Dickinson is the largest town in southwestern North Dakota with a population of 20,000. We know that doesn't sound like much, but by North Dakota standards, 20,000 is a big city. North Dakota's statewide population of 70,000 is lest than 3/4 of the population of the City of Jacksonville.

We also toured the little town of Lefor, North Dakota. Lefor is a dying town that has lost its Post Office, and many of the buildings are abandoned. About the only active building remaining is St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. It is a very large church for the size of this town, even in its hay day.

We returned to Regent via the Enchanted Highway and got a closer look at all of the giant metal sculptures. We had a nice dinner out at Regent's only restaurant, where we had a discussion with Gary Greff, the sculptor, and originator of the Enchanted Highway.

At the campground here in Regent a group of combiners arrived. They are housed four travel trailers. Two of these trailers are early 1950's Spartans that were towed here from Lubbock, Texas.

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