Yesterday we learned that Minot is also known as the Magic City. Apparently, it started out as a tent city, and the real city appeared as if by magic. Bill enlightened me regarding this. It certainly was magical for us yesterday.
Departure was accomplished promptly at 0935, and – yep – we headed west on 2. Today we saw a number of oil rigs pumping, more crops, and livestock. The towns are farther and fewer to be found. After living so long in a more densely populated area, the landscape here is refreshing. Our trip book did recommend watching your gas gauge, and not passing a gas station if you were under half a tank. Today bears out the wisdom of that advice. Trains are very much a part of the landscape as well.
We warped into Montana around 1245 MDT. During one portion of our drive, we encountered several dinosaurs on the roadside/hillsides. We learned that this area is rich in dinosaur fossils. It also has some missing parts of “2” – kind of like driving the Alaska Highway – you’re on the pavement, then all the sudden, it’s gone!
Our intended destination today was Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs – and we arrived at 1515. This is located near the Nelson Reservoir State Recreation area. After setting up camp, Bill relaxed while I got my steps and miles. I wasn’t able to do a No Excuses workout this morning due to some technical issues – so definitely wanted to hit the pavement/gravel. Here are some sights from the 3.5 miles:
Notice the hand painted signs warning “Cattle at Large” “Drive Slowly”? As I walked through this area, I shared the field with the cattle. They didn’t seem terribly upset – which is a good thing given their size! This area is also sparsely populated. Something as simple as running to the grocery store would be a fairly time-consuming undertaking.
When we checked in to the campground, we were warned about an impending thunderstorm. WOW!!! They do thunderstorms in a big way around these parts! We had winds gusting to 60-70mph (shaking the house), and beautiful, majestic thundercloud formations. I am ever so thankful that we were off the road.
We took advantage of the hot-spring heated pools before supper and the storm and may go back for a quick dip before bed. Tomorrow we’ll be on the road again!
Miles traveled: 325 today/ trip total 1417.