Badlands National Park
Panorama Point Overlook
July 5, 2009â€”2:15 PM MST
Just finished watching a rodeo. We are now going to see Mount Rushmore. Last night we camped in the badlands. It is really, really hot out.
Reading, Writing, Wanderlust, and Commentary
July 3, 2009
Iowa State Route 20, One mile east of Kamrar, Iowa
9.53 PM, CST
We went to Field of Dreams which was very entertaining. We walked out of the corn fields like they did in the movie. Colin and Jeff played baseball on the field. After that, we went to Briggs Woods Park. It was in Webster City and the camp ground was very good and very cheap. We payed $16.00 for camping in there! We are now on our way to South Dakota.
We finally got to set up camp for the first time in a State Park campground in Webster City, IA. Really rainy all through the night but by the time we were getting ready to leave the rain let up long enough for us to pack up the camper and hit the road.
Just before we left Webster City we stopped for gas and coffee at the Country Kitchen. Kathy was intrigued by an Elvis and Doritos display on the counter and started talking the guy manning the counter. He told her that the Elvis stuff was given to them by people who came into the restaurant.
The guy’s name was John, about 20 +/-, from Oahu, by way of Iowa State University. Very interesting guy who told us that Giuliani had dinner there during the last primaries. According to John and his pal AJ, Webster City is a political hotspot during the Iowa caucuses.
John and AJ
Following is Kristin’s commentary:
… On the Battersby road trip extrordinare. Presented for your entertainment by the eldest daughter, Kristin Sierra, is a quick update on the cross country road trip that will undoubtedly drive it’s patrons up the walls (or in this case, up the car doors).
Before we left the hometown, we kids were thrust the duty of doing the most difficult thing we may ever have to do on this entire journey: choosing a number between 103 and 257. After we each selected our numbers, we were told that the sum of these, which added to 587, would be a milestone in itself. Every time we traveled 587 miles, we would take a picture of where we happened to be at that particular point in time. Our first checkpoint landed on Swanton, Ohio, a town that most, including myself, have never heard of. The picture you see is a truck on the highway, if you hadn’t guessed. The interesting thing about the photo is the fact that it was taken during a fireworks show, which may or may not have caused the reddish lighting. To comment on the trip so far, I’d say that it is still bearable, which is a good thing because it is only the end of the first day, but there is no doubt in my mind that sometime in the near future, we will truly discover just how irritable we can become. Thank you for clicking on this link, I look forward to discussing the growing pandemonium with you at a later date.
More to come…
So it’s 7:11 PM EST and we’ve been on the road now for a little over 10 hours. Total miles travelled? 442, which puts us just outside of Cleveland. Average speed? You can do the math. (If you can’t, that’s under 45 MPH.)
Traffic and weather have been the real culprits. At least twice we’ve spent too much time moving at a literal snail’s pace, first just outside of Scranton because of construction and then in western PA because of an accident. Each delay burned up an hour.
Right now Kathy’s at the wheel and we’re traveling at a steady 65. Plan is to push past Chicago by sometime late tonight and then hole up in a rest area somewhere.
Rain has been the order of the day. In copious amounts. In fact, so much in a matter of about 20 minutes that our stream turned into a raging river. Fun, but we just now finished packing and it’s after 11:30. We’re packed now and ready to leave tomorrow morning.
Following, video of the perfect storm… Take special note of the stream in video 1 and the stream in video 3. Hmmm…
Starting tomorrow, hopefully at some early-ish hour, we begin our bazillion mile cross country trip. As you can see by the map we’re being a bit ambitious, but it’s easier to be over ambitious and have to pull back the reins than it is to dream too small and go nowhere. With any luck we’ll see some of you along the way.
31 days on the road here we come!!