There’s a town in Virginia called Farmville. I wonder has it turned into another Forks? I didn’t wonder enough to actually head there, because instead I was being called to just outside Luray, to find some caverns, with one of the coolest musical instruments I’ve seen since—is that Kofi Annan holding an AK-47-turned-guitar?
Woman from North Dakota: We enjoy roughly the same climate as South Dakota, we took in $73.7 million in tourism revenue last year. They took in $1.2 billion. They have the word “south”.
Donna: Also Mount Rushmore.
– The West Wing, S03E21 “We Killed Yamamoto”
At the end of the last post we’d left Yellowstone and were heading towards North Dakota. That takes a while, this place is pretty big. About 100km from the border, I come across signs for “Bad Route Road”. If that’s the official name of a thing, that’s gotta be a pretty bad road. And yes, yes I am tempted to pull off and go exploring.
We leave Washington and Josh Ritter at the Idaho border, but he has another stop for us on our itinerary: Coeur d’Alene. We stop in for breakfast at this quaint little place. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned free refills before, but they’re much appreciated. We have to get back on the road soon, though, because with have a lot of ground to cover. I know, I know, I said I was racing to Spokane, so what’s got me in such a hurry now? We’ll get to that later.
Aside from being famous for Mormons, Utah is also widely known for … well, it’s mainly the Mormon thing.