Spending the night in the car at a CENEX truck stop is probably more fun in your 20s. But when you can’t get a motel room after trying for about an hour — and you’ve been in a major thunderstorm and are tired and it’s late — you do what you have to do.
In the ladies room at the restaurant across from CENEX, I get to explain to two women from Alberta that the “wah-wah-wah” sound they heard last night (“Was it a tornado warning?” was the emergency warning system announcing the thunderstorm. They spent the night in their truck instead of their tents. We’re all tidying up; no shower but large sinks!
After a hearty breakfast, off we go, across the plains, headed to Duluth MN. We got a great motel on Lake Superior; once we got into Minnesota, the iPhone was able to access data fairly reliably and I found a “deal” using Orbitz. (Finding pet-friendly places can still be a challenge.)