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The Big Move (day two & three)

Posted by Erika

Thankfully the next two days of our big move were relatively uneventful.

This is why I will never be able to co-sleep with my children. Note how the toddlers feet are right next to my pillow.

We had a late start on day two due to getting in so late the night before, but we still left Shelbyville, KY at a decent hour. After learning what we can and can’t handle from day one we decided to change our stop for the night from the pre-planned Omaha to St. Joseph getting us to our hotel at a much more manageable time. On this leg we got to drive through the most states in one day. Starting in Kentucky then moving through Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri(St Joseph). I had originally planned for day three to be a short day to allow for time to go see Mount Rushmore so on day three instead of spending half the day on the road we spent all day on the road again but it meant we didn’t have to change our hotel reservations in Rapid City. On day three we went through St. Joseph(Missouri), Iowa, and finished in South Dakota in the black hills.

Burning off some steam at a McDonald’s.

In Missouri to break it up a little, on one of our gas stops we made a pit stop in Ozarkland. One thing that this country is still great for in some areas are the fun touristy sites on the side of the road. Each one unique and has something to pull someone in. This one was their massive varieties of fudge. I couldn’t partake for allergen reasons but if you are in the area and like fudge, then you should definitely check them out.

In South Dakota, you will see signs for Wall Drug. If you have ever been on I-90 through South Dakota, you know what I am talking about. If you haven’t, it’s another one of the fun yet sometimes cheesy touristy things to do on a road trip and a fun thing to do to break up the monotony of that area of the country.

Wandering around 1880’s Town.

Don’t get me wrong, it is very beautiful and can make your jaw drop. But if you are just driving through, it can be a very long and monotonous stretch of the trip. We did not get to stop there, it would have been closed by the time we got there. We did however get to stop at 1880’s Town. Still very cool to see, and not as much of a build up with the billboards like Wall Drug but this place was open and a chance for the kids to run around. Due to the time of day that we were there we practically the only ones there so the kids really got a chance to run.

Seeing a tanker truck with “Hang In There!” on the back of his made for a good laugh and prompted us to yell back “We Are!!”

Not gonna lie, when we made it to Rapid City we celebrated. This was our half way point and we were still in somewhat good spirits. I pulled a box of wine out of the trailer and Ms A ordered us all some pizza and we took a much-needed break that night. Vegging on pizza and cartoons. And for the adults some wine.

I should note… traveling with any amount of children is not for the faint of heart. There were tantrums. Oh boy were there tantrums but mostly from the two-year old just being done with being in her car seat for most of the day, and I don’t blame her. This is a long drive and due to it being from a move, it’s not necessarily set out to be a fun one. We did our best though, made sure we took breaks when we could, stretch everyone’s legs every chance we could. It wasn’t always ideal but sometimes it is more necessary to have a happy child than a cranky one to keep everyone else from stressing out for no reason.

To read about the days leading up to our move click here. For Day One click here. For the next part, day four click here.

You can just ignore the dirty windshield. But seeing things like this was just a wonderful perk to it all and brightened everyone’s moods at the end of another long day in the car.
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