Goodbye to the Redoubt

This means something...
This means something…

We cleared Montana today and passed through the northwest corner of Wyoming on our way to Mt. Rushmore. We’re staying in SD tonight, so we’ve officially left the Redoubt. Bummer. Although we have enough daylight left today to knock an item off my bucket list – seeing Devils Tower. I’ve wanted to go there ever since I first saw “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” as a kid.

As I get further and further east, my mood continues to darken. I don’t feel like an easterner anymore. I know I’m not a westerner yet either, so I really feel like a man without a country. Guess nothing has really changed then.

The next few days are just going to be a grind – nothing more to look forward to, just putting on the miles. We’re giving Chiraq a very wide berth by spending tomorrow night in Cedar Rapids rather than in Minnesota. I’ll also be avoiding the hell of northern Indiana and Ohio, just because.

Wish me luck.

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