With an early (for us) start today we headed east once again on Route 94 with a Fargo, North Dakota in our sights. Our first stop along the route was Theodore Roosevelt National Park, near Medora, ND, the site of Teddy’s ranch. This is the Badlands and the land that Roosevelt loved. He ranched here for several years after the death of his wife and mother, who both died on Valentines Day 1864.
This is a land that looks almost uninhabitable but sustains all sorts of wildlife. We watched a movie of Teddy’s life in the west at the center, and spent the rest of the morning and early after noon hiking and exploring the park. We finished up at the camping area where we had lunch, near the Little Missouri River, before moving on, back onto Route 94.
Within minutes it seemed, the badlands fell behind us and we were driving through the great plains that were once covered with buffalo. In the town of Jamestown, ND we stopped to see the roadside ‘World’s Largest Buffalo’ - we felt obligated since we had already stopped to see the worlds largest dinosaur, moose and goose. . . and somewhere along Route 94 we passed what just might be the world's largest cow, off in the distance standing on a hill - but with no explanation. We spent the remainder of the day watching the rolling plains pass by and arrived in Fargo near sunset.