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Montana to North Dakota

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Holly Hayes
Part of: West of the Mississippi

Day 6 route map

IMG_9347.jpg Morning view from my hotel room in Shelby, Montana.

IMG_4118.jpg Part of the usual morning routine: stop at a gas station to fill up the tank, scrub bugs from the windshield, fill cooler with ice, and get snacks for the road.

IMG_9384.jpg See ya next time, Montana!

IMG_9408.jpg Not much changed across the state line, but the two-lane highway became a four-lane divided highway. Well done, North Dakota!

IMG_9385.jpg Williston is proud to be the home of Phil Jackson.

Why Not Minot?

I made excellent time (thanks to those nice highways seen above) and arrived at Minot in the mid-afternoon. I would have driven a little further but there wasn't any decent lodging for at least another 100 miles!

Being a French name, I assumed "Minot" was pronounced "ME-no." You know, like pinot noir? But nope, it's "MY-not." Ha! No fancy Frenchiness in North Dakota, thank you very much.

Minot has a population of 40,000, making it the fourth-largest city in the state. It is the home of actor Josh Duhamel, as I learned from a magazine article framed on the wall of a restaurant. He is quoted as saying that he always thought Minot was a big city until he left North Dakota.

IMG_9648.jpg Surprisingly for such a small town in North Dakota, I was so happy with my hotel, the Noble Inn.

IMG_9434.jpg The entire hotel was very new, my room was clean and huge, and check out this awesome table/desk!

IMG_9433.jpg View from my room.

IMG_9441.jpg Heading downtown for some exploring and dinner. Note the billboard advertising the Norsk Hostfest (tagline: "Pure Scandimonium!") - I was bummed to be too early for it by just a day.

IMG_9475.jpg The owner closing up at a downtown Native American gallery. Soon after I took this photo he came out and chatted with me for a minute, mainly to ask, "Who are you with?", He'd seen a lot of photographers that day and never got a chance to ask them. I said I was just with myself and hadn't seen the others, so the mystery continued.

IMG_9574.jpg Impressive church, with a large school to go with it across the street.

IMG_9573.jpg Sign on the school. Noted! But thankfully not necessary during my time in Minot.

IMG_9497.jpg Railroad tracks and old station, now a small museum (closed when I visited).

IMG_9619.jpg The nicest restaurant in town, called 10. It was founded by Josh Duhamel's childhood friend (thus the aforementioned article framed on the wall). Cool exterior, and it was nice, but not super fancy or impressive on the inside.

IMG_9615.jpg Elk: it's what's for dinner. At least in North Dakota.