As we neared Leech Lake (still in the rain), we ran into a real traffic jam - hundreds of campers, mostly trailers of all sizes, filled parking spots and the road coming in. It turns out there's a big rock festival called the Moondance Jam. We were lucky to get thru w/o much delay.
Lunch was a Perkins at Detroit Lakes. It took 1-1/4 hour to be served and eat. No return there! Then in Moorhead we hit a detour that wasn't well-marked. Finally got in a bit after 2 PM. After off-loading, we headed for a Valvoline oil change place; so did everyone else. After a good wait in the heat, it was back to the motel.
Just a block away, we saw the Space Alien Bar & Grille. How could we resist, especially w/ Sandra's cow-abduction socks and Bill's Roswell T-shirt.
- What's with the pink trash cans on MN-194 west of Duluth?
- The Fond-du-Lac Indian Reservation sign, as well as all the lake and river signs are in English and Chippewa.
- The Upper Mississippi River in northern Minnesota is already a stream to be reckoned with.
- Akeley, MN, has a Paul Bunyan statue and a Blue Ox café (complete with mural).
- Want to visit the Bullwinkle bar? Try Nevis, MN, also home of the Firefly Event Barn.
- And then there's the pink bicycle about 20 miles east of Detroit Lakes.
- Detroit Rapids has a Spaceman Storage unit.
287.5 miles for the day, 2021.5 miles for the trip. Tomorrow we take I-29 south into South Dakota, then cut over to Pipestone, MN for a visit to the National Monument there. Then it's US-75 south into Iowa, with RON at Cherokee.