On Day 8 of my road trip, I enjoyed the lovely lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and walked across the Mississippi River.
Misbehaving cows near Shevlin, Minnesota. Mostly hidden by the far-left cow is their no-nonsense owner on a four-wheeler. She instructed them in no uncertain terms to stop playing in traffic and get back in their pen.
This spot is also the beginning of the Great River Road, a nationally-designated route that follows the Mississippi River from its beginnings here in Minnesota all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, south of New Orleans. Spoiler alert: I'll be doing that!
I chose the latter, of course. It was super-fun to splash around, and the water felt so good on my weary feet. The water was cold, but not that cold, having been in a lake a few seconds ago. Also I grew up near the northern Pacific Ocean so my feet have been numb since childhood.
Aside from the natural awesomeness, it was such fun to watch people crossing the Mississippi. From young to old and in between, everyone was having such a good time.
Back on the road, with more pretty trees.
It had clouded up again by the time I reached my destination for the night, where I was stopped by a super-long train of oil tanks. Trains will continue to be a frequent sight and sound throughout my trip. It seems following the old highways also means following the old railroad tracks. I like trains, so that's a bonus.
My room at the AmericInn Detroit Lakes. It was pretty good.
After checking in, I headed to the newer side of town in search of dinner. I found Jimmy John's and Caribou Coffee, hooray! The strip mall that contained them was new and nice, but it was pretty gloomy there, between the cloudy weather and nondescript suburban feel. No biggie - I was soon back in my hotel room asleep. I had, after all, forded the entire width of the Mississippi River earlier that day.