West 2021:
Day 2 - Fargo, ND


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West 2021: [Day 1 - OakdaleI] [Day 2 - Fargo] [Day 3 - Beaver Lake] [Day 4 - Bismarck] [Day 5 - Little Missouri] [Day 6 - Miles City] [Day 7 - Billings] [Day 8 - Missoula] [Day 9 - Steamboat Rock] [Day 10 - Bay View] [Day 11 - Seattle] [Day 12 - Seattle] [Day 13 - Seattle] [Day 14 - Millersvania] [Day 15 - Yakima River Canyon] [Day 16 - Farewell Bend] [Day 17 - Bruneau Dunes] [Day 18 - Craters of the Moon] [Day 19 - Grand Tetons] [Day 20 - Buffalo Bill] [Day 21 - Buffalo] [Day 22 - Badlands] [Day 23 - Jordan] [Day 24 - Trempealeau] [Day 25 - Heading Home]

Tuesday, May 4, 2021: Mmmmm, good - Diet Coke and instant oatmeal.
We left camp and were on the road before 8:00 AM. We faced a tough decision when the I divided: take I-90 to see Debbie's relatives in the La Crosse area or take I-94 to get to Carbone's Pizza in St. Paul? Pizza wins.
There's the gate to Bosshard Bogs, which wins for the best fruit-related business name ever.
Such a bucolic scene.
We stopped at a rest area near the (closed) overlook trail in front of this historical marker to have a tech call with Tom's business partner, Scott. This time, his questions were for Debbie and her laboratory software background.
Near Osseo, we passed a farm that belongs to Debbie's father's relatives.
It was Star Wars Day (May the Fourth), and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation was having fun with it.
Nice Mandalorian reference, WI DOT!
There's the St. Croix bridge, ...
... over the St. Croix River.
Minnesota Welcomes You, The Ocho! Our little RV was now up to 22 states.
Oakdale was definitely the name of the day. We stopped off at the 3M headquarters in Oakdale, MN.
There's the main 3M building.
We continued past downtown St. Paul, where Debbie always photographs the Bank with the One at the Top.
We headed into Highland Park and passed the old building where Debbie's dentist used to be located. Someone else's dentist practices there now.
We arrived at Carbone's Pizza on Randoph, AKA The One True Carbone's.
Black and white photographs on the wall show what it used to look like before it was expanded and remodeled. This is the 70s-era decor that Debbie will always miss.
But oh, that delicious Carbone's Special remains unchanged. It is still the most delicious pizza on the planet.
We got our leftovers to go, along with two perfect Pearson's Mint Patties, and a frozen pepperoni-and-sausage pizza to go that we had ordered the day before.
The frozen pizza went into our tiny RV freezer for its climate-controlled transport to Washington for Debbie's brother Doug's birthday.
We passed the former location of the St. Clair Broiler, across the street from Macalester College. After several years of standing empty, it had finally been remodeled and turned into a new restaurant. RIP, St. Clair Broiler.
We headed over to the corner of Grand and Hamline Avenues ...
... where the very first Green Mill restaurant is located. It has retained little of its original look, which consisted of a tiny sign over a much smaller door. Now that it has turned into a franchise, it features the franchise's signage.
Our route took us down a side street past Debbie's family's old church. Her mother's funeral was held here in 1985, as was her father's second wedding six months later, which is the last time she was in this building.
The Allianz Field was shining in the sun.
If your eyes are sharp enough, you can spot the Maersk container in this photo.
The Minnesota State Fairgrounds had a date posted for later in the year - will it actually happen?
We headed to Roseville to see their rose statues. These were part of Roseville in Bloom - 20 Roses for 2020.
Debbie put together a tour so we could see as many as possible without too much driving.
We found them in front of schools, parks, and office buildings.
This one was decorated with lovely mosaic tiles, ...
... as was this one.
Each decorated sculpture had a title and information about the sponsor and artist.
We ended up finding six roses before moving on.
Debbie took this picture because of the Mississippi River, not because of the Top Golf. Really.
We were in the land of Surly Brewing.
There was a SpaceX launch so we watched/listened to coverage as it occured.
When we stopped for gas in St. Cloud, we spotted a great personalized license plate on this Fire Department truck: FIRE.
We passed several vast fields of beautiful solar arrays.
Nick's Repair has a great roadside marketing campaign.
Since we were in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we had to get at least one picture of a lake.
We stopped in Rothsay, which bills itself the Prairie Chicken Capital of Minnesota.
This statue had been built in 1976 and Debbie had taken a picture of it during a family trip to Glacier in 1977.
We arrived in the Fargo-Moorhead area. We passed Moorhead first, ...
... then crossed the Red River, which forms the border between North Dakota and Minnesota. The park on the North Dakota side was where we would be camping a little later.
Welcome to North Dakota - Be Legendary. This was The Ocho's 23rd state.
Our first stop in North Dakota was Drekker Brewing Company.
It was the first brewery we had set foot in since the pandemic started over a year earlier.
Tom ordered Hell Bent, a brown ale, and Debbie had Smooth or Nothing, a peanut butter porter.
The tasting room was decorated with half-walls filled with empty cans of past and current beer flavors. We were hoping to see a can of Whoaa Bundy, a beer they had produced in 2020 in partnership with a Minneapolis company, Able Seedhouse + Brewery.
There was a wall of Stern pinball machines, ...
... so we got a Star Wars Day portrait of Tom at the Star Wars machine, where at least four of the high scores were held by someone named Tom.
On our way out, we passed the wall of taps ...
... and dropped a few more dollars at the gift shop on a pair of Drekker pint glasses.
On our way to the campground, we passed this very colorful property.
It contained a variety of sculptures, most of which were animals, ...
... but there were some decorative poles and a little green alien.
It was 6:30 PM when we rolled into ...
... Lindenwood Park on Roger Maris Drive.
We had a nice little site with no neighbors on either side of us.
Sliced ham and turkey sandwiches were served for dinner.
After dinner, we walked down to the river. There were some fantastic campsites down here, but this portion of the campground wasn't scheduled to open until mid-June, due to construction.
Looking south, we could see I-94, which we had driven over earlier when we crossed into North Dakota. The river barely moved and we weren't able to tell for certain whether it was flowing north or south.
On our way back, we located the restrooms that went with the restroom keycard we had received when we checked in. Yep. Here they are. Noted for later.
Tom took advantage of the clear skies to check the rig for more sources of leaks and found a few more places to seal. With any luck, no more rain will be able to get in.
After making a package of backpacker's chocolate cheesecake mix, the sun was setting and we settled in for the night and an early bedtime.

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West 2021: [Day 1 - OakdaleI] [Day 2 - Fargo] [Day 3 - Beaver Lake] [Day 4 - Bismarck] [Day 5 - Little Missouri] [Day 6 - Miles City] [Day 7 - Billings] [Day 8 - Missoula] [Day 9 - Steamboat Rock] [Day 10 - Bay View] [Day 11 - Seattle] [Day 12 - Seattle] [Day 13 - Seattle] [Day 14 - Millersvania] [Day 15 - Yakima River Canyon] [Day 16 - Farewell Bend] [Day 17 - Bruneau Dunes] [Day 18 - Craters of the Moon] [Day 19 - Grand Tetons] [Day 20 - Buffalo Bill] [Day 21 - Buffalo] [Day 22 - Badlands] [Day 23 - Jordan] [Day 24 - Trempealeau] [Day 25 - Heading Home]

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