Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America – Day 11

Aug 12, 2012 View Comments by

Our eleventh day on the road dawned overcast and cool, which was soon followed by a steady rain—good news for the farmers. Fortunately, this is a rest day for us; the pitter, patter of the raindrops made sleeping in all the sweeter. Our plan had been to visit Fort Abraham Lincoln and the museum at the state capitol, but the rain and our need for rest guided us elsewhere.

We found a couple of good restaurants just steps from our hotel. To make up for missing lunch yesterday, while sequestered at the Can-Am dealership, we had a hearty dinner at the Pirogue Grill. A priogue, by the way, is one of the types of boats that Lewis and Clark used on their journey up the Missouri. It’s shaped somewhat like a very large canoe. We saw a replica of one in a museum in Nebraska City several days ago.

For south of the border fare, we had lunch today at the Fiesta Villa. It’s housed in a wing of Bismark’s former train station, which, appropriately enough, has a Spanish-style of architecture.

A trip to the local shopping mall allowed us to stock up on reading material and supplies for the next stage of our journey. Tomorrow our path takes us further north then west. Services are likely to be scarce, so we’re taking food and water to sustain us. Western North Dakota is experiencing a modern-day boom, somewhat like the iconic gold rushes in the 19th century. In this case, though, it’s “black gold” that’s making western North Dakota a wild and wooly locale. And we’ll be staying tomorrow night in the heart of it all:  Williston, ND.

Happy trails.

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Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Intro
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 1
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 2
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 3
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 4
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 5
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 6
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 7
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 8
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 9
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 10
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 12
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 13
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 14
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 15
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 16
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 17
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 18
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 19
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 20 
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 21 
Retracing the Lewis & Clark Trail Across America—Day 22 

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