Today was the longest driving day of our 33 day journey. We traveled 520 miles from Albert Lea, MN to Rapid City, SD. Most of the day was beautiful, but warm and dry. However we experienced a 15 minute rain shower in the morning. The scenery from southern Minnesota to the western edge of South Dakota is farms, farms, and more farms. The topography was basically flat in Minnesota, to rolling hills in South Dakota. We saw some more Wind Turbine Farms in southwestern Minnesota, and we were shocked (in a good way) to see the speed limit sign change from 70 mph to 80 mph as we entered South Dakota. We passed the time by listening to our 2nd of 10 audio books using a USB stick inserted into the Tesla audio system.
Our first supercharger stop was in Worthington, MN (in a Holiday Inn Express parking lot). We charged for about 30 minutes while we sipped on McDonald’s coffee in the lobby of the hotel. We ran into two young guys in a Model S, who were also charging. We were both on the same schedule (driving and charging) all day long, until we parted ways after charging in Rapid City. They were on their way to Los Angeles.
Our second supercharger stop was in Mitchell, SD (in a Goodwill parking lot – yup), across from a “DQ” Dairy Queen restaurant. We had lunch there, but the two young guys didn’t (they were smarter). After lunch, we unplugged and drove across “town” to the famous “Corn Palace”. The young guys missed out on that.
Our third supercharger stop was in Murdo, SD (in a Range Country Lodging hotel parking lot). The front desk supervisor was very nice and offered us coffee and a pair of really comfy chairs. The young boys decided to walk a half mile to the local car museum (it was 96 degrees outside). The hotel lobby was decorated with lots of taxidermy. Click on the photo for a close up.
Our last leg of today’s trip took us through the Badlands National Park. You couldn’t see much from the highway, unless you took the “park loop”, which we did not do, because it was a long enough day already.
Tomorrow’s drive will take us to Mount Rushmore, and then onto Ft. Collins, Colorado. As you can tell, we’re having a blast. Stay tuned.