We woke up at Park Rapids to 52 degrees with light rain and wind, so we put Maplelag on the list for next time and headed west to Mandan. As we drove, the front moved east and by 1 pm it was sunny and warm. Fort Abraham Lincoln was our goal for the night. We got there in time to put our feet in the Missouri River, tour Custer’s house, where he left to start the campaign that ended in the massacre at Little Bighorn, and look at the earth houses made by the indians who once inhabited the area.
On the way to Mandan, we passed miles of sunflower fields, corn fields, and open fields with cattle. We even saw hay bales hitchiking west!