By: joealaska , 2:58 AM GMT on May 05, 2012

Two days ago I woke up in WINNER, South Dakota. Never heard of it.

Next day was overcast and cool, so I just started meandering. I made a wrong turn and I knew I did it.
I headed northeast, using many rodas. There were several large lakes near Fort Thompson.

Eventually I broke free and headed north using RT 47 to get to Seneca. The sun came out.

I passed near Aberdeen, and I heard it the Pheasant Heaven around there. I saw maybe a dozen pretty quickly. I wanted to take a picture, but they quickly ran away and it did not happen.

When I crossed into North Dakota, I stopped and played a small golf course in Ellendale. It was not a nice course. I should have driven on. Then I headed for Fargo. About an hour outside of town, I ran into that duck.

It was a beautiful sunny evening.

It was raining in the morning pretty hard. I drove around town in the AM just to see what was there. Then I headed north a ways. The rain just got heavier, so there was no big interest to get near the Canadian border.

I turned east, now I was heading home. I cut across a bunch of small roads just south of Grand Forks. I got on Route 2 as usual. I would stay on it all the way to Mackinac traits.

I stopped a couple times at golf courses, as the rain finally stopped. But it was COLD and WINDY. I saw no reason to go.

Super and Duluth were cool cities right on the water, Lake Superior. Boats and docks everywhere.

Now in Hurley east of Ashland on RT 2. Weather will dtermine what happens tomorrow.

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7. lotis2
8:53 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
Watched the Derby yesterday. The Triple Crown is the only horse racing I ever watch. Some day I'm going to buy a big hat and go to it. It's somewhere in my bucket list of things to do.

Safe travels Joe!!
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6. dotmom
4:13 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
UK - you go there Gal! Lots of good ideas there for the boy - but will he pay heed???

Have you ever heard of Kentucky Burgoo? It's an old concoction that has been around for years and years. In the old days, the finishing touch was some sort of wild game or animal. Sounds like some of this road kill I am hearing about would make it easy to finish off the dish!
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5. insideuk
11:17 AM GMT on May 06, 2012
Sorry for my absence Mr Blog Master. Busy week built up ahead of a holiday weekend – now I'm twiddling my thumbs...

Every time I check out the weather for the area you are in it declares cold wet and windy stuff lasting until next Wednesday, when magically everywhere you have been/ are heading to will suddenly benefit from clear blue skies and a 30f+ rise in temps.

It's like Mother Nature knows you didn't pack any sunscreen...

I'd say its about time you stopped using those vitamin D supplements (that I know Dotmom sends out to Dutch in her care packages) as an ornament and started actually swallowing the things. If ever your immune system was in need of a helping hand it is now.

The latest reports I read from the Bering Sea are that the crab are still hiding out under thick sea ice and that the oil exploration workers due to start MID JULY are getting concerned about it not melting in time for them to get cracking/ fracking/ drilling or whatever it is they have planned.

I say this only to make the wet and windy 50 something stuff you are experiencing seem magical in its own way. Get out there and enjoy the golf whilst you can.

I loved the photo of the drive in movie theatre, I really wish somebody would create one over here – I'm certain the novelty factor would make it pay. Well, that and the extortionate mark up on popcorn would make it pay. It even had the childrens play area just like the one in Grease...

Shame about the duck incident, I know how bad it can make you feel. I hit a baby rabbit recently, it had been spooked by a tractor emerging from a field and it ran straight out under my wheels from the undergrowth. I cried like a baby for the baby. I guess it made lunch for another hungry creature.

Rabbits, badgers and foxes I grieve for. Fur wins over feathers for me, since I have a general fear of all the beaked creatures – though I'd quickly point out I don't WISH them death on the roads.

Pheasants are one of those creatures where supply infinitely outstrips demand on British country roads. They are incredibly incompetent at crossing in traffic – and they ALL behave exactly the same way:

The pheasant stands in safety at the roadside, stock still, not a muscle or a feather twitches – and watches intently as the car approaches. Then, just at the point when it becomes the most stupidly suicidal idea ever, it darts out in front of you. The average pheasant can do 0-62mph in half a second and therefore quite often makes it to the other side. But that assumes he knows what is coming in the other direction.

He doesn't.

As a result a British Sunday morning drive would ALWAYS guarantee a road kill roast lunch if that were your wont. It always struck me as odd that people pay to go on pheasant shoots when there are so many free squished ones available.

Perhaps lead shot makes a better tenderiser than Michelin tyres?

I wouldn't know.

I do know that for a relatively small bird they splatter remarkably far and wide. Almost as if they were fitted with an explosive vest.

Looking forward to seeing the Mackinac Bridge – it would be nice if the sun could just show itself for some photo opportunities. There seem to be some water front roads available for that kind of thing, especially on the south end to the west of the bridge. Course, if it's pissing it down you may have to wait 'til Wednesday.

In which case the Holiday Inn Express, Louvigny Street, Mackinaw City has free high speed internet and is walking distance to the bridge.

Complimentary Vitamin D supplements left on your pillow....

Just as soon as I email them and arrange it all.
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4. dotmom
7:18 PM GMT on May 05, 2012
OGal We have been lucky so far. Short delay at the track yesterday and they cleared everyone -- 100,000 or so - from the infield. But after they did all that, it barely rained and in a half hour the race(s) were back on. It did rain pretty much overnight, but is beautiful right now. We went out to a farm nearby for a Derby brunch that was beautiful in every way. The weather held and we were able to be on their patio/porch area. We haven't done something like this in quite a few years. Very nice.
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3. cybersuze
2:41 PM GMT on May 05, 2012
those are some cool pics! Get out of that bad weather! Looks like its light snow in Dutch
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2. OGal
12:26 PM GMT on May 05, 2012

Glad you have missed the bad weather in Lville. I hope warm sun will greet you there and lots of fun with many rounds of golf with Dotmom and Joe K.
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1. Debbie56
6:19 AM GMT on May 05, 2012
Awesome trip Joe! Say Hi to my son & family as you side swipe Chicago on the way down to Kentucky :o)
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