Weather: Slightly unsettled, spotty rain.
Those of you who were with me for “The Baron in Winter” might remember the time I ventured into the old crime pulp fiction mode of writing for a piece called “Commuter Noir”.
Well, I’ve been reading more Raymond Chandler, “Philip Marlowe” stuff lately, and with another quality audit road-trip coming up on Monday, maybe it’s time to venture into the darkness again.
Granted, the noir style of writing and the giddy exhilaration of a road trip don’t seem very compatible. Last time I wrote that way, there was dark and fog and danger in the air. This time? Nothing but open roads and clear blue sky, if the Windsock and Crystal Ball Guild are to be believed.
The thing is, the work load on this trip is so much heavier than on the last one that it will take all next week to complete. This left little time for me to plan extracurricular activities, so this time, for the most part, I’m just going to wing it.
I definitely plan to stop at Ted’s Country Corner, where I met those three distinguished gentlemen in a previous entry. But that won’t happen until Thursday afternoon.
Thursday evening I plan to spend at the South Dakota State Fair, watching my friend Steve’s bluegrass band perform and sampling some of the local delicacies. Don’t worry, I’m bringing the camera.
Friday night I plan to spend in Watertown, SD, and have dinner at an old favorite of mine.
Dempsey’s has some of the best food and drink I’ve tasted anywhere, and the motel I’ve booked is just across the parking lot. How conveeeeenient, no?
Saturday will be a long ramble across Southern Minnesota, I know not where yet. This is getting dangerously close to wandering, I think, but I should have a solid Ramble Plan by the time I get there. New Ulm certainly deserves another visit. And if I have to wander a bit, well, interesting things tend to happen when I do that.
So I guess I’m signing off now, for the weekend. I have to plan and pack, and take care of some last-minute maintenance on Frogwing. It’s going to be so nice to be back on the open roads again. I don’t know if I will be able to download photos from the road, I couldn’t last time. But I will update here from Fergus Falls and Aberdeen, maybe from Huron as well. Watch for the photos after I return.