Our comfy Airbnb provided us the comfort we needed after a very busy several days. Since time and crowds weren’t an issue, we slept in and were on the road by 9:30 a.m. Friday.
After a 20-hour drive spread out over a day and a half of driving, we made it home, in total driving 2,500+ miles. The dogs were pretty much motionless those two days, clearly exhausted from a week of busyness.
A long and quiet (and interesting) drive
We spent most of the day driving across northern Montana on US Highway 2, which proved to be much more interesting than driving across Saskatchewan. The mountains and buttes added great variety to the vastness of the state. We even saw a few antelopes and groundhogs on the drive!
We made really good time pulling into Dickinson, ND just shy of 12 hours later. We listened to a great audiobook for a large part of the drive: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales of the Making of The Princess Bride by Carey Elwes (who played Wesley in the film). It wrapped just as we started to get perfect evening lighting as we drove through the Badlands that you go through just before reaching the city.
After another good night of rest, we were on the road on Saturday by 9:30 a.m., ready to make the long drive through North Dakota. I wish I could say it was a visually interesting drive, but it’s all basically flat farmland. We had Aisha Tyler’s audiobook giggling most of the drive home: Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartbreaking Tales of Epic Humiliation.
When we got to St. Cloud, we stopped off at Bo Diddley’s (I couldn’t resist) and took subs to go. We could barely contain our restlessness at that point – we just wanted to be home.
But we made it home in good time – and safely, of course!
The dogs are still recovering from a week of non-stop activity, which (thankfully) made for a very quiet (and adorable) drive both days.
Next up: My recap and summary of recommendations should you ever come to Banff.