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On our way back to Marquette

Freezing temperatures yet again!!!

snow -26 °C

30 Jan - There was snow all along the way. IMG_0328.jpg

At one point we started seeing some signs of a Walldrug store. IMG_0330.jpg As we got closer to the town called Wall the signs were spread about 100m apart advertising everything from free ice water, 5c coffee to shooting range and dinosaurs. We were really confused about this shop as it calls itself Walldrug. Once we saw the exit for the town called Wall we thought we have to go and check it out. IMG_0339.jpg Well to our surprise Walldrug is a very cool cowboy type shop selling lollies, food, pharmaceutical products, toys, clothes and heaps more. They also had a leather boot section which was so cool and colourful.
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I found some great looking real pink leather boots but they were one size to small unfortunately as they would have been great cowgirl boots. We had some 5c coffee,IMG_0344.jpg filled our water bottle and bought some rock candy (which is flavoured sugar crystals – not so good on the teeth). IMG_0351.jpg IMG_0343.jpg

We drove for another 3 hours and stayed at Souix falls for the night. O yes for dinner we had John’s Tacos which is similar to Taco Bell but a little bit fancier. It was yummy!

31 Jan – Today we drove into Missouri and as we headed farther north the temperatures dropped SIGNIFICANTLY. Missouri is an awesome place for shopping as they do not charge tax on any clothing or shoe items. So I decided I am going to make use of this awesome feature. We went to an outlet store and I got a great Nike running jacket for $9.99, what a bargain!

After the outlet stores we went to the largest mall in America called ‘Mall of America’ (a very original name). IMG_0361.jpg
We only had around 2hours to have a look around so Dan and I split up and went exploring by ourselves. I managed to obtain yet another 2 bargains.

There is a huge Nickelodeon theme park in the middle of the mall with rollercoasters and log rides. It was really really cool. IMG_0362.jpgIMG_0365.jpgIMG_0367.jpgIMG_0369.jpgIMG_0371.jpg

After the mall closed we drove to the northern most part of Missouri and stayed at Duluth. During this drive we experienced some mean temperature drops as I mentioned earlier. At one point the temperature was a whopping -26 degC. IMG_0383.jpg
Our poor heater worked as hard as it could but there was no way for it to heat incoming air of -26 degC so we put on a few layers of clothes, gloves and hats as it was bitterly cold inside the car. IMG_0373.jpg

1 Feb – Today was our last day to get to Marquette. We had 400km to go which would take 7 hours as it was a smaller scale road. When we turned onto the road which was going to take us to Marquette Dan said: “Do we have to drive on this road all the way” The reason for his statement is that the road was barely visible as it was covered by a thin layer of snow. IMG_0386.jpg But we managed to make it back to Marquette safely.

We stayed with Tim and Chris again and once we arrived they had a Mexican dinner all ready to be enjoyed. Thanks heaps guys!

During our roadtrip of the USA we covered 6500miles (10 400km) with the Jeep aka Trusty Rusty, but also covered a few thousand on public transport. We were very happy to be able to return old Trusty Rusty safely without any breakdowns, flat tyres or any hang ups, to everyone’s disbelief. We are very proud of Trusty rusty, no one believed she could go the distance and we are total Jeep fans now! Thank heaps to Ida for loaning this beast to us, as good old Trusty Rusty made our trip so much more enjoyable.

-Jane

Posted by funkyfairy 12:19

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