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Wall, SD

Wall Drug and the Badlands

The Badlands in South Dakota

Day four began bright and early at 6:30. After a continental breakfast at the Days Inn, Wall, SD, we trotted on over to the famous Wall drug. What a cool store!

A tourist trap perhaps, yes, but also full of good stuff as well. They really do sell coffee for 5 cents as the signs on I-90 advertised…and not bad coffee either. I bought a XXXX Stetson cowboy hat. Apparently, the more Xs, the higher the quality. It was a great fit, but didn’t quite go with my Keen shoes, hiking pants, and t-shirt.

After Wall drug, we headed south out of town on SD Rt. 240 into Badlands Nat’l Park. This landscape, sacred to the Lakota people, is yet another area of the west eroded away by time. Different layers of sedimentary rock are exposed in stripes on the bluffs, leaving clues to the area’s history. The badlands are also home to numerous fossils, including sea creatures from when the area was underwater, as well as sheep and pig-like animals from shortly thereafter in time.

Mile 1,905


The Endless Highway

Minnesota countryside

After the Badlands, we hopped onto I-90 to experience the Eisenhower Highway System. Oh my God…can you say long, flat, and mildly interesting? We were definitely spoiled from the great views of the past few days and had to fight fatigue and the hypnotic centerline of the highway as we drove due east toward Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The drive was stale, but still interesting since this was all new road for us. We crossed the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, and crossed into the Central time zone all in one day. Southern Minnesota is great farm country. There are very calming rolling hills and farms that put you at ease as you drive on by. Not much traffic at all.

We listened to a “book on tape” for most of the drive – Steven Colbert's “I Am America and So Can You.”

Oh, one more thing. Happy Earth Day. Apparently we are terrible, because this is the longest driving day of our six day trip and it will be the largest “carbon footprint” that we will make all week. Oh well.


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734 Miles

Wall, SD, to Madison, WI

Wall, SD, to Madison, WI
  • THE END. We arrive in Sterling at 4:33 pm. Total trip time: 5 days, 11 hours, 33 minutes, and 27 seconds.
  • Day Six – 4:08 pm, We enter Virginia.
  • Day Six – 3:21 pm, We enter Maryland.
  • Day Six – 2:00 pm, We cross the Susquehanna River. We plan on being done in 2 hours.
  • Day Six – 11:45 am, Lunch time at Baby's with Mattski's buddy Brandon.
  • Day Six – 10:34 am, We arrive at Mattski's alma mater: We Are…Penn State.
  • Day Six – 9:30 am, We cross the highest point on I-80 east of the Mississippi. Elevation: 2,250 feet. Big whoop.
  • Day Six – 9:26 am, We see signs: “Buckle Up Next Million Miles.”
  • Day Six – 9:20 am, Entering Chesapeake Bay Watershed in PA.
  • Day Six – 7:36 am, The early morning has impaired the judgment of the Geeks and they decide to play the best of Hall and Oates.
  • Day SIX! – 7:20 am, We get an early start on the day and are off on the final leg of our trip.
  • Day Five – 7:58 pm, The Geeks call it a night and stop in Youngstown, OH.
  • Day Five – 4:15 pm, We enter the fourth state for the day, Ohio. We are now on EDT.
  • Day Five – 12:20 pm, We enter Indiana with very little fanfare. Interesting smell…can't quite place it.
  • Day Five – 12:05 pm, We drive through Chicago on I-90. Traffic not that bad. Mattski's upset with the signage.

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