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Draplin Design Co., North America
September 08, 2010
U.S. Route 2 Westbound - Day 03
Posted at 11:30 PM


I’m always amazed at how the woods just sorta stop, and that prairie starts. That’s the way it was on U.S. Route 2 this afternoon, outside of Bemidji. The route up to Grand Forks was a series of straightaways. Farmland. Pulling off in Grand Forks, you quickly notice how cool that little town is. Promising, for such a remote area. It’s unfair to count these places out. I’m learning this lesson over and over again. Once we got going into North Dakota, that route straightened out ever more, and we beelined it over to Minot.

Minot is a “base town” with a monster Air Force base to north, known for its arsenal of scary-ass nuclear warheads percolating below the surface. The stuff of nightmares and sunless atmospheres. Was scared of them at 9, as I am at 36. Let’s get rid of them, Mr. President.

We’re at a Holiday Inn, and it’s a bit of a splurge. We were beat out by the gypsy contractors up here with there big trucks and “we’ll take whatever you got” policy for hoggin’ up all the cheap rooms around town. Comfy beds here.

We passed up where the Mississippi starts. By 20 miles. Next time.

A rather wicked arrow spotted by a big walleye.

Lots of this.

A reason to pull over and look up.

An establishment where dreams are made, Minot, ND.

There Are 4 Comments

Damn you are driving by everywhere I used to live. I used to live about 45 minutes south of traverse city, before that, oscoda on the east side, before that about an hour north of duluth, before that, Grand forks. Swing by denver on your way will ya, i’ll buy ya a bourbon or scotch or something.

Posted by: clint on 09/08/10 at 8:10 AM

I need information about the machine Ideal No.42294h this is the date the machine actually we have.
But if you have other machine with the same funcion please Tell me.
I see the picture with the same machine only with the difference number No. 2
I wait your answer. thanks

Posted by: Ana Arredondo on 09/08/10 at 2:41 PM

Home of Economy used to have an xmas show on TV when i was a kid… we get a tv station from grand forks here WDAZ… classic!

Posted by: craig on 09/09/10 at 10:23 AM

Yes, Minot is my home town! There a few bars like the Starlite that have great signs in Minot. Home of Economy is the only store any town needs. Thanks for the dose of nostalgia! BTW they’ve dismantled most if not all the nukes. And some of the underground bases have been for sale, how cool is that?

Posted by: Garth on 09/14/10 at 7:13 PM
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