Moreover, many of the locations mentioned in the book proved elusive or vanished. The last rest stop of the first day was at the Camp Buell State Historic Site, south of Milnor. There are even photos to prove it, but I couldn’t find the wretched place at all. The motel in Oakes apparently burned down in 2001, while the restaurant in Ellendale where the party had breakfast and thawed out was also conspicuously absent. The gas station in Hague is long gone and the park in Herreid was hiding, as was the surface of US-83 through town.
By happy coincidence, though, I stopped to fill the tank in Mobridge, right next door to the Yellow Sub restaurant, which in a previous life was the A&W. The Prairie Motel in Lemmon, where Mark Richardson nearly copped off with the receptionist, has not yet been burned down for the insurance money, but appears still to be closed. Shadehill Reservoir, where the party camped on the second night of the trip, is still there, as is the final rest stop of the third day of the Zen trip, some thirty miles before
Thought for the day: why would anyone equip an automatic gearbox with a manual overdrive button? Ford, over to you…