Made it… at last!

I’m writing to you from the comfy confines of my girlfriend’s condo, known as “The Awesome Unit,” in Calgary. This morning I awoke at the outrageous hour of 3:45am and decided to start driving since I was wide awake. I’m still on east coast time apparently. 

Yesterday was quite an adventure. The morning started off normally, with some lounging around at the Super 8 near Fargo, before I started driving west. North Dakota has some of the best scenery along the US route that I took, especially when I got to the badlands near the Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Since the scenery was so awesome around the park, I decided to wheel in to Medora to gas up and stretch my legs. What I didn’t realize is I was about to drive in to a town that’s built like a town out of an old spaghetti western movie! I expected to see a cowboy come crashing out of some saloon doors at any moment. 

I got some photos, which I’ll have up on Flickr in the next day or so. In the meantime, I’m super-tired, so it’s time to get a nap.

6 thoughts on “Made it… at last!”

  1. Heh, I too have gassed up in Medora. Badlands are aweseome, hope you got some time to get out of the car and onto a hiking trail or two. In Alberta, the valley north and south from Drumheller is pretty badland like; at the north end is the Bleriot ferry across the Red Deer River, a ferry crossing so short that if they had 3 ferries, they could string them together to make a bridge http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=drumheller+ab&ie=UTF8&ll=51.572769,-112.884779&spn=0.003221,0.009356&t=k&z=17

    Anyway, I ramble, sounds like a great road trip… be sure to do Route 66 from Chicago to LA sometime.

  2. Glad to hear you made it now I con stop worrying about you getting in a car accident. Enjoy your rest in Calgary.Love Aunt Dorothy

  3. Dave: I never did get a chance to do any hiking. Maybe next time! Drumheller is awesome as well, but I haven’t been there for 20 years. I really should get out there. Maybe next summer… Sounds like you’ve had some awesome trips though there!

    Dorothy: I’m glad you’re at ease now! I’m going to enjoy my time in Calgary for sure.

  4. Southern Utah is my favourite destination, so many National Parks. Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion….the scenery is straight out of a Coyote/Road Runner cartoon.

    Bryce Canyon is breathtaking, and you can hike down into the hoodoos

    http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&q=bryce+canyon&gbv=2

    One time I gathered up the nerve to hike to the top of Angel’s Landing… at some points you’re hanging onto a chain with certain death should you slip off the ledge http://images.google.ca/images?gbv=2&hl=en&q=angel%27s+landing

    TTYL
    Dave

  5. I checked out the badlands in north dakota a couple times as was always really impressed, quite amazing landscape down there. And the awesome unit is an excellent stop for sure. Have you tried the pancakes and the wifi?

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