A Trip Across the Country - The Details

This post is going to include all the weird details I like to track when travelling. Distance, hotels, restaurants, etc. I love these details, I like remembering them for the future, and I just find it fascinating. We saw bison, elk, deer, white tail deer, antelope, cranes, peasants, gophers (or prairie dogs), but no mountain sheep.

Day 1 Thursday May 23. I picked Kevin up from work and we made it to Austin, Minnesota. Driving a total of 240 miles.

Where we stayed:

Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center - our rating ★★★★ - clean, comfortable.

Where we ate:

Takara 88 (Madison, Wisconsin) - our rating ★★★★ - Wisconsin doesn’t have the greatest sushi but this place has the best that we have found..
Arby’s (Austin, Minnesota) - our rating ★★★ - it’s an Arby’s not much too say.

Day 2 Friday May 24. We left Austin, Minnesota drove to Custer, South Dakota. Driving a total of 592 miles.

Where we stayed:

Rocket Motel - our rating ★★★ - the rooms were clean and well kept. One star lost due to religious paraphernalia.

Where we ate:

Marlin's Family Restaurant (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) - our rating ★★★★ - delicious, though the bathrooms were odd.
Sumo Japanese Kitchen (Rapid City, South Dakota) - our rating ★★★★★ - this place was adorable. We ordered the sushi boat, enjoyed some edamane, and got dessert to go.

We went to both Sioux Falls and Mount Rushmore on this day.

Day 3 Saturday May 25. Custer, South Dakota to Livingston, Montana. Driving a total of 565 miles.

Where we stayed:

Super 8 By Wyndham Livingston - our rating ★★★★ - clean, comfortable. Had a Jacuzzi tub, which surprised us. It was so lovely to take a super comfortable bath after driving for so long.

Where we ate:

Donna's Diner (Moorcroft, Wyoming) - our rating ★★★★ - cute little place. Food took a while but it was delicious.
Wendy's (Cody, Wyoming) - our rating ★★★ - it’s a Wendy’s not much too say.
Old Faithful Cafeteria (Yellowstone National Park) - our rating ★★★★ - honestly we didn’t expect much but the food was delicious and not crazy expensive. Glad we ate there.

We went to Yellowstone on this day. A note about the through the mountain, we bought gas at the park and that was expensive!

Day 4 Sunday May 26. Livingston, Montana to Redmond, Washington. Driving a total of 697 miles.

Where we stayed:

Redmond Inn - our rating ★★★★ - clean, comfortable.

Where we ate:

Faye's Cafe (Livingston, Montana) - our rating ★★★★★ - unique location. Kevin got the chef’s choice and it was pretty awesome.
Jasper's Restaurant (St Regis, Montana) - our rating ★★★★ - had these awesome huckleberry milkshakes. We said we were going to split it and she brought us two minis.
Sumo Japanese Restaurant (Moses Lake, Washington) - our rating ★★★★ - sushi always tastes best the closer to the west coast.

We also went shopping in Spokane for a few hours. We needed the walk and to refresh some supplies.

Day 5 Monday May 27. Redmond, Washington to Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Driving a total of 157 miles.

Where we stayed:

Quality Hotel & Conference Center - our rating ★★★★ - clean, comfortable. Kevin decided the Jacuzzi was so nice the first time that he got it in this hotel too. It was lovely and a huge room!

Where we ate:

The Pancake House (Redmond, Washington) - our rating ★★★★ - much better than IHop, great breakfast.
Pel'meni Restaurant (Bellingham, Washington) - our rating ★★★★★ - I love dumplings, these were so good!
White Spot (Abbotsford, British Columbia) - our rating ★★★★ - we also had breakfast here, both meals were delicious.

We met up with a friend, who took us around Seattle. First to Elliott Bay Book Company, then Pike Place Market and their the Gum Wall, and to Ye Olde Curiosity Shop.

Day 6 Tuesday May 28.

A day for family and the reason for this trip.

Day 7 Wednesday May 29. Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Driving a total of 363 miles.

Where we stayed:

Comfort Inn & Suites - our rating ★★★ - clean, comfortable but not quite as good as what we’ve been getting otherwise.

Where we ate:

IHop (Abbotsford, British Columbia) - our rating ★★ - IHop impresses less and less with each visit, but the company was good.
Kaiju Sushi & Spirits (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) - our rating ★★★★ - the flavor of the sushi slowly decreases the further you go from the coast but it is still delicious.

Day 8 Thursday May 30. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Sheridan, Wyoming. Total of 628 miles.

Where we stayed:

Hampton Inn Sheridan - our rating ★ - our most disappointing hotel stay out of the entire trip. It was clean but that’s about it.

Where we ate:

JB's Restaurant (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) - our rating ★★★ - just a tad better than IHop, mostly because as a breakfast place, why are you making chocolate milk from syrup?
Okinawa Sushi & Asian Bistro (Billings, Montana) - our rating ★★★★ - this reminded me of Indian Food Restaurants. The hole in the wall usually has the best stuff.

Day 9 Friday May 31. Sheridan, Wyoming to Chamberlain, South Dakota. Total of 493 miles.

Where we stayed:

Baymont by Wyndham Oacoma - our rating ★★★ - clean, comfortable. I want to rate this higher but they weren’t able to quite meet our needs and that was sad.

Where we ate:

K's Coffee & Deli (Gillette, Wyoming) - our rating ★★★★★ - We met the owner while we were there. She told us a story about a customer from Wisconsin, gave us a guide book, and was just so lovely. On top of that, she made me the best tuna melt sandwich I’ve had in years. Her chocolate chip cookies were made how I make (aka she put them in the oven when she started our food and served the hot and fresh). We’d go back to visit her shop anytime.
Fuji Sushi & Sake Bar (Rapid City, South Dakota) - our rating ★★★★.

We headed out to Devils Tower on this day (google maps had us drive through a farmers field to get there). With plans to also see the Badlands, Crazy Horse, and Spearfish Canyon. However due to crazy rains, the only one that was opened to the public was Devils Tower and we couldn’t get to the other three. Definitely will need a future trip for those.

Day 10 Saturday June 1. Chamberlain, South Dakota to home. Total of 587 miles.

Where we stayed:

Home in our own comfy bed. The best place to be - our rating ★★★★★

Where we ate:

Angela's Bakery (Chamberlain, South Dakota) - our rating ★ - while the steamers we got were good, it left much to be desired. Could be a good bakery but not really a coffee shop.
Phillips Avenue Diner (Sioux Falls South Dakota) - our rating ★★★★ - very retro, all day breakfast, and very busy. Would go again.
Great Dane (Madison, Wisconsin) - our rating ★★★★ - We had no good in the house and needed to eat. They served us well as they always do.

A total of 4,322 miles in ten days. It was quick and quite the adventure. While we didn’t get to see everything on our list or spend enough time with the people we wanted to see, we did have fun.

Have you ever done a road trip? What’s the longest you’ve driven?

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