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Getting There - Virginia to North Dakota

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

Left home (Falls Church, VA) on Tuesday June 29th and needed to be in Dickinson, ND at 8am for our first race!

First stop - Rockville Swim and Fitness Center to get in a swim before our long drive!


Then 8 1/2 hours to Fishers, Indiana


Short night with our eye on The Illinini and The Badgers.


Champaign, Illinois - the school allows visitors to their Rec Center and Aquatic Center! Exciting.

Louis from Chili sponsored our admittance to the Rec center and pool!!


We also saw the football stadium, kind of a thing we like to do.






Pride of the Illini - Dick Butkus



Continued the dash with an overnight stop in Madison, Wisconsin

We stayed right on the shores of Lake Monona - what a beautiful place.



Ran and road our bikes around the lake and through the campus of the University of Wisconsin.

Stopped by Camp Randall Stadium - it was locked up tight, but we did get to see the outside.



Jennifer with the Badger!

We visited the state capital building on our way out.


Madison from across the lake.





Resumed our trek, next stop St Cloud, MN. But first, we stopped and walked around Wisconsin Dells - very interesting tourist area.


We also had to get some cheese (and ice cream) before leaving the state of Wisconsin!




St Cloud, MN - Last overnight before our first race!

Went to the YMCA to reserve our morning swim. We met a nice kid from Kenya studying to be a registered nurse. He shared his first experience in the USA as a child - dodging gun shots in Richmond, VA (said he left Kenya for the same reason).


Biked on the Mississippi River Trail thru Beaver Island - toured St Cloud State and visited the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.







We met Kyler and a teammate leaving hockey practice!

Off to North Dakota and our first race. Next post.



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