Route 2 - Day 09 - Thursday, July 1, 2004

 Today's Narrative 

Welcome to July! Another bright, sunny day today, at least to start. The real bed in the motel felt soooooo good last night. Slept in this morning and so am getting started a little late (as if that makes any difference :). The hot shower was nice, too.

In the pix below you'll see a monument marking the geographical center of North America. There is a distance sign, too, like the one you see in the MASH TV series. Here's what it says for the north/south orientation:
<-- Artic Circle, Canada, 1450 miles / Acapulco, Mexico, 2090 miles -->
And here's what it says for the east/west orientation:
<-- Neah Bay, Washington, 1100 miles / Lubec, Maine, 1500 miles -->

Some bad news today: As I was cleaning the front windshield, the right front wiper blade literally fell apart. Fortunately, there was a Wally World next door so I bought new blades. And later on it started raining to it worked out for the best.

And more bad news: Later, as I was trying to update these pages, the power inverter I use to run the notebook computer died. Mike Taylor, an excellent technician who used to work for me once said, "All electronic devices contain smoke trapped inside. The trick is to never, never let the smoke out. If you do, the device is dead." Mike was kidding, of course, but the inverter let out all it's smoke. And that killed power to the notebook (no, it doesn't have a battery because I don't feel like paying Michael Dell's bendover price ($160!!) for a new one) and I lost some changes. Tune in tomorrow (Day 10) to see how this cliff hanger turns out ;-)

I love old water towers like this one in Ray, MT. Reminds me of the Tin Man in "The Wizzard of Oz."

Tonight we are camped beside a grain elevator. It's a big one, four stories tall I'd guess. At least it's quite. Grain is pretty noiseless :) Watched "Entrapment" on DVD. Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones (hoohah! :) Good flick. Watch it if you haven't. Keeps you guessing right to the end and then surprises you even more.

Today we traveled from Devils Lake, ND to Culbertson, MT

 Today's Pictures 
Click on a pix for a larger view

This is the monument mentioned above. Close up. The crossroads sign mentioned above. Bye, bye North Dakota, hello Montana!

 Today's Stats 

Beginning time: 1pm
Ending time: 8:30pm
Net driving time (includes stops, etc.): 7.5
Begining odometer: 104212
Ending odometer: 104537
Net miles today: 325
Average MPH: 43.3
Total trip mileage: 2485

Gasoline: $45 - $1.879/gallon in Minot, ND
Food, ice, etc.: $10
Lodging: $0
Other: $5 for wiper blades, $9 for "Entrapment" DVD

 Thought For The Day 

Talk that does not end in any kind of action is better left unsaid.
(20 more Mom-isms coming tomorrow!)

 Joke Of The Day 

AMAZING And maybe even true :) FACTS

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
(Hardly seems worth it.)

If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
(Now that's more like it!)

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps to squirt blood 30 feet.

A pig's orgasm lasts 30 minutes.
(In my next life, I want to be a pig.)

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy.)
(I'm still not over the pig.)

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
(Do not try this at home..... maybe at work. => So THAT'S what I'm doing wrong!!!!!)

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.
("Honey, I'm home. What the....?! OUCH!!!!!)

The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It's like a human jumping the length of a football field.
(30 minutes... lucky pig.. can you imagine??)

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.
(What could be so tasty on the bottom of a pond?)

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
(I still want to be a pig in my next life... quality over quantity)

Butterflies taste with their feet.
(Something I always wanted to know.)

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
(Hmmmmmm........) Pigs??????

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.
(If you're ambidextrous, do you split the difference?)

Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
(OK, so that would be a good thing....)

A cat's urine glows under a black light.
(I wonder who was paid to figure that out?)

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
(I know some people like that.)

Starfish have no brains.
(I know some people like that, too.)

Polar bears are left-handed.
(If they switch, they'll live a lot longer.)

Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
(What about that pig??)

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