The open road: 2010 summer trip day 13

Day 13: Beaver Dam, WI to Murdo, SD — 664 miles

Our 2 days at the big air show were over and the time had come to point the wheel toward the west so as to make our way back home. There be kids to play with, wives to kiss, and birthdays to attend to upon our arrival back at my folks’ in Idaho, so it was to be a fast burn on the super slab across the Midwest; not exactly the highlight of the trip, but, the Midwest never is.

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The dawn start heading out of Beaver Dam.

Nikon D70, ISO 400, ƒ/4.5, 1/400sec, 18mm focal L. @51 MPH, map

I think of of different type of “clink” for some reason…

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/4.5, 1/800sec, 62mm focal L., ~21mi from prev photo, map

Mirror polish — Makes my elbows hurt just look’n at it.

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/5.0, 1/800sec, 18mm focal L. @74 MPH, ~74mi from prev photo, map

Lake Onalaska (which is nothing more than a reservoir) is the widest point in the Mississippi at ~4 miles. Even though she’s not even close to bisecting the lower 48, it sure feels like crossing between the east and west on the bridge over the mighty Miss.

Lake Onalaska — aka, the Mississippi River.

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/5.0, 1/1250sec, 18mm focal L. @51 MPH, ~32mi from prev photo, map

We did take a minor detour near Rochestor as my company has a satellite office located there. What could have been more fun than a random drop-in playing the part of Lumbergh and by asking everyone to come in on Saturday? But, such is the way of it, we arrived at lunch time to a nearly vacant office, which completely took the wind out of that sail.

But, on a brighter note, just down the road is the birth place of all modern Spam! I happen to like Spam, beens, and rice when camping.

If you aren’t a Monty Python fan, then the below picture and caption probably has no interest what-so-ever to you.

Spam, Spam, Spam! — (sing along with me) Spam’a'dee Spaaaaam, spam’a'dee Spam! Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam…

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/4.5, 1/1000sec, 70mm focal L. @67 MPH, ~84mi from prev photo, map

“Hi Dad!” — Breaking up the monotany.

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/3.8, 1/2500sec, 22mm focal L. @75 MPH, ~32mi from prev photo, map

It amazes me how many “cruiser” bikes there are on trailers or in the back of pickups in the greater Sturgis region around that time of the year. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the Sturgis rally started in a few days. Such scenes only serve to kill any waining vestige of interest I might have had in attending. I suppose I should try to make it just once — I may very well be wrong about the whole deal…

Goi’n to Sturgis? — Please tell me they aren’t trailering their priceless Shadow all the way…

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/3.8, 1/1250sec, 24mm focal L. @69 MPH, ~181mi from prev photo, map

Evening rays

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000sec, 24mm focal L. @71 MPH, ~157mi from prev photo, map

Just shy of 14 hours after get’n going for the morning, we called it a day and holed up for the night in the town of Murdo. The sleepy little town offered hope of a good steak dinner, but, I think we chose unwisely eating at the Buffalo Restaurant (if memory serves) as it was fairly meh. It’s one of those things that keeps traveling interesting — you just never know what to expect in the way of food and service.

Call’n it a day.

Nikon D70, ISO 500, ƒ/5.6, 1/1600sec, 18mm focal L. @13 MPH, ~17mi from prev photo, map

Continue on to Day 14.

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