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Cross-Country Road Trip Day 2

Posted May 24 2011 3:10pm

Hello everyone! Check back on Day 1 of my trip across the country for an update on how our evening ended. (Catching up? I’m currently driving across the country from Seattle to Connecticut !)

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Yesterday, Day 2 of our trip, Mister E and I managed to cover quite a bit of ground and crossed through the rest of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and made it into Minnesota.

We started our day with a limited, but satisfying, breakfast offered by our hotel. I had a bowl of cinnamon and spice oatmeal with a little bit of peanut butter stirred in and a small biscuit with cream cheese and strawberry jam. All washed down with coffee and orange juice that I watered down.

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After breakfast, we hit the road again, taking the back roads of Montana to avoid some of the flooding on the main highways that deterred us the night before. After what seemed like forever, we finally crossed into Wyoming and shortly there after made it into South Dakota.

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Of course, being in South Dakota, we had to stop to see the most famous attraction… Mount Rushmore!

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Unfortunately, as soon as we arrived, it started pouring. We quickly snapped our pictures before retreating inside their café for shelter. Since it was dreary outside and slightly cool, I opted to get a bowl of the bison chili for lunch to help warm up.

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After snacking so much yesterday and even caving in to more than my fair share of junk food, I resolved to make yesterday a healthier day. I still couldn’t resist splitting a giant chocolate chip cookie with Mister E though! While we eating, I made the observation that whenever Mister E and I split a main entrée item, it’s never 50/50 but more like 70 (him) / 30 (me). However, when it comes to dessert, the portions are the exact opposite and I end up eating the largest share. Thank goodness Mister E doesn’t seem to mind!

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Before hopping back on the highway, Mister E and I stopped at a Starbucks for a little pick-me-up. I ordered my favorite, a skinny cinnamon dolce latte.

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With Mister E at the wheel, I had plenty of time to take photos. I wish I could say South Dakota was as pretty as Montana, but unfortunately, I found it to be much duller. But I suppose the landscape is just different and pretty in its own way.

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Finally, late in the evening, we pulled over in Mitchell, SD to check out the Corn Palace that a coworker had told me about. They were closed, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the unusual murals on the side of the building made out of corn husks!

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Since it was already past 10 p.m., our food choices were limited for the evening and we ended up at McDonalds. Not being too starved, I ordered their Southwestern Salad with a small fry and ate about two-thirds of everything.

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After McDonald’s, I took over at the wheel and continued driving straight into Minnesota. I was so happy to finally pull over and call it a day. It’s surprising how draining just sitting in a car all day can be. It’s starting to drive me bonkers!!


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