Friday 13th July
After a better night’s sleep than expected as Walmart carpark was so busy yesterday evening, we headed north to the Canadian Border. Once over the border we found the roads to be in poor order so we made a quick and short run through both Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Compared to the prairie lands across the border in the USA, everywhere looked run down. It was with some relief and the loss of a tomato to the border official, that we re-entered the States.
After lunch we reached the little town of Rugby – the geographical centre of North America.
Overnight at Walmart, Devil’s Lake.
Saturday 14th July
A long, long day’s drive across the farming lands of North Dakota and Minnesota – good shady interstate rest areas helped to break up the day and bring some respite from the heat.
Overnight at Walmart in Monticello.
Sunday 15th July
Another extremely hot day with temperatures up to 36°C and little wind to take the heat off the day. We travelled south into Iowa then started to head east through rolling farmland dotted with distinctive shaped barns – the area had a strong connection to Norway due to its early settlers. Maize appeared to be the dominant crop. We crossed the Mississippi River.
Overnight at Walmart in Sparta.
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