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DAY 42: FARGO, ND TO BISMARCK, ND

Our forty-second day began by loading up the I.D.4 and setting foot in North Dakota. The I.D. 4 presents an nice amount of space and proves it goes above and beyond in all of its features. It makes for an ideal travel car for families as well. We visited the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center in Fargo, ND. Outside, visitors can see the wood chipper from the movie “Fargo”, but inside, rests the original from the film. In this agricultural area, we see lots of farming equipment being utilized or transported. This region is home to many of the Buffalo in the U.S. Jamestown, ND is also home of The World’s Largest Buffalo. It stands 26 feet tall and has stood watch over Jamestown since 1959. Some toy playground horses tried to catch the I.D. 4. There was a frontier village museum near the buffalo. It depicts an old 19th century town. The dentist scene was very interesting with his pretty horrifying equipment. There was a semi-truck driving our direction with a cow-catcher on its front end. We visited a farm and saw a huge tractor with 12 wheels pressing the chopped corn. There were trucks transporting the cut corn back from the fields. Some cows were grazing in front of the large silos. As we embarked toward Bismarck we got a good view of the I.D. 4 driving down the windy highway. We met a couple with matching red motorcycles that boasted high horsepower engines. There was a Native American totem pole sculpture by Peter Toth. This carving in Mandan was number 39 and was dedicated on November 25, 1981. The entrance of a ranch bore a nice metal cut out of a cowboy wrangling a bull. It gave a nice silhouette in front of the sky. North Dakota winters come with lots of snow and there was a snowmobile vehicle that was funny looking without snow. We crossed the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Fort Yates, ND. We then drove through some incredible hills and forest areas. We drove between some cool rock formations that had layers of sedimentary rock. We stopped to charge the I.D. 4 and we saw a statue of a native riding a bucking bronco at Prairie Knights Casino.

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